Toddler Still in Critical Condition; No Charges for Aunt
UPDATE 05/15/08: Police said the aunt was in the bathroom with the girl, preparing to give the child a bath, when her two dogs came into the room and began attacking. Lt. Ken Dean said that the aunt "laid down on top of the little girl while the dogs continued to inflict damage and injury to the aunt."
The girl, who has not been identified, remains in critical condition. The aunt, 25-year-old Chrystal Owens, was sent to Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital. Dean said the case remains under investigation by the crimes against children unit, but that no criminal charges are expected to be filed against the aunt at this time.
Keane Menefee, from animal care and control, said the two female dogs were not registered or vaccinated. The husband relinquished ownership of the two dogs to the city, allowing the dogs to be euthanized. Now that the dog's are dead and a tragedy has occurred, the property manager says he will not evict. "The family is going through enough," he said.
05/15/08: Mobile Park Had "No Pit Bull" Policy
The attack occurred at her aunt's home (a mobile home park). The park manager, Walter Winters, said residents are required to sign a contract and the rules are clear: No pit bulls, rottweilers, dobermans, or chows. "If we would have known, I would have given them a notice to get rid of the dogs or vacate the property."
Excellent language Winters, "If we would have known." Dogs have to go outside from time to time for obvious reasons. Any attorney with half a sense can likely prove that you did know. It's fair to say that the park owners are shaking in their shoes right about now. Though, as neighbor Leslie Cranston comments, possibly not:
"This is unbelievable. I walk my dog every day and never knew they even had dogs in that house."
As soon as the aunt recovers from her injuries, she's going to have some real explaining to do, to the girl's family and to the Fort Worth Crimes Against Children Unit.
05/14/08: Possibly Another Fatal Pit Bull Mauling
Fort Worth, TX - In a developing story, just hours after a child was killed by a pit bull in North Carolina, there may be another fatality a few states away. Police said two pit bulls attacked a 3-year-old child and her aunt in Fort Worth, Texas. The dogs attacked the young girl as she was getting ready to take a bath in her home.
She was airlifted from the scene to Cook Children's Hospital. At last report, she was in very critical condition. Police said the dogs then attacked the child's aunt as she tried to pull the dogs off her niece. A neighbor said the aunt tried to throw the dogs out the door, "but the dogs kept trying to get back up on the porch."
"They airlifted her," the neighbor said. "I don't know if she's going to make it."