No Charges Expected
02/05/09: WVEC reports that no charges will be filed in the Newport News mauling. The little boy was in critical condition Monday suffering from facial and neck injuries. The family has requested that no further information about the baby's condition be released. No information was provided regarding the adoption agency, the Peninsula SPCA, or if the babysitter plans on keeping their other dog, a rottweiler, which is reportedly poorly fenced.
02/04/09: Baby is Expected to Survive
The infant who was mauled by a pit bull remains in critical condition but is expected to survive. Doctors believe the toddler will recover from the severe facial injuries he suffered when he was attacked by his babysitter's pit bull. The dog, which had been adopted from the Peninsula SPCA, has been euthanized. The agency said the dog was "carefully vetted and the puppy showed no signs of aggression when it was adopted more than a year ago."
Pit bull puppies are always sweet. It's when they reach the age of 1.5-2 years old that aggression begins to show, the very age of this pit bull.
The article goes on to talk about the high rate of pit bull attacks nationwide, which has led cities and the state of Ohio to regulate pit bulls. But Denise Waters, a spokeswoman for the Peninsula SPCA, said her group avoids labeling breeds. "We try not to profile by breed," she said. Waters added that extensive consultations take place with adopters to make sure dogs are a "good fit" and the animals are rigorously assessed and trained (see Tori Whitehurst).
We don't think either journalists bought Waters story.
02/03/09: Baby's Parents in the Military
A recent Zupf video reports that the baby's parents are both in the military. This tragic news falls on the heels of Isis Krieger, who was killed by her family's pit bull in August while her father was serving in Iraq. At the time of the attack, a babysitter was watching Isis. In May of last year, a babysitter was also watching Julian Slack when he was killed by a pit bull at Camp Lejeune. In that instance, a civilian had brought the dog over to Slack's home.
A Daily Press news article reveals that aside from the pit bull, the Newport News babysitter had a second dog in the household -- a rottweiler.
02/02/09: Neutered Male Pit Bull; 1.5 Years Old
Newport News, WV - In a developing story, a 7-month-old baby was taken to a hospital after being attacked this morning by a pit bull. The boy suffered severe facial and neck injuries, was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and was listed in critical condition, according to a news release from Newport News police. At the time of the attack, the child was at a babysitter’s home. The babysitter struggled to separate the dog from the baby, the news release said.
The dog, which belonged to the babysitter, was surrendered to animal control and euthanized, according to Kim Lee, city spokeswoman. The dog was a neutered male and not quite two years old. The animal will be tested for rabies though the dog's vaccination was current and the dog had no previous history with Animal Services, the police news release said. Detectives are investigating this as a possible case of child neglect, but no one has been charged.
12/23/08: Toddler Attacked by Family Pit Bull-Mix in Ironton
05/15/08: 2008 Fatality: Child Dies In Pit Bull Attack At Camp Lejeune