Parents Charged for Endangerment
Friendswood, TX - A cribbed baby was rescued from her room after a two fighting dogs tore up the house. The parents had left the baby with two young boys when the bloody battle began. A frantic neighbor was holding a baseball bat screaming that the baby was trapped inside, when police arrived.
Officers found blood in the home's kitchen and hallway as they followed the sounds of the baby crying. After they forced open the door to the baby's room, the dogs were still fighting. One dog was shot with a Taser, and the other was hit with beanbag rounds. An officer was then able to pull the crying 13-month-old from her crib and take her outside.
The toddler had blood on her, but medics later determined she wasn't injured. According to police, there was blood all over the bedroom, and one window was smashed by the fighting dogs. The dogs were believed to be an American bulldog and a French bull mastiff. One of the dogs died at the scene, and the other was taken into custody by animal control.
Two boys, ages 13 and 11, who had been left in the home by the parents, told police that one of the dogs had broken out of its cage and began attacking the other, so they ran next door to get help. The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against the baby's parents. Jonathan M. Newton, 26, and Angela K. Newton, 28, were arrested and charged with endangering a child, a second-degree felony.
Children's Protective Services was also notified and consulted. Not that it matters, CPS finds small children and dangerous dogs a perfectly suitable mix.
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