Aunt Thrown in Jail
Fresno, CA - In a developing story, detectives say a woman made her 70-pound pit bull attack her teenage nephew because she thought it was funny. Now the boy is in the hospital with serious injuries, and she's in jail facing child endangerment charges. Merced County Sheriff's Deputies say Melissa Marcrum told her pit-bull, Kane, to attack her 13-year old nephew. They say it happened during a family gathering on Super Bowl Sunday.
Isabel Bingle is the victim's grandmother and Marcrum's mother. She says her daughter would never intentionally hurt her nephew. But deputies say the woman had been drinking and thought it was funny to antagonize the teen. Deputy Tom MacKenzie said, "She had actually done it earlier in the day, and forced the kid through one of the bedrooms, and he climbed through the window and the dog gave up and came back. So it wasn't an isolated incident."
The attack happened after the boy and his friend ran out to a car in the driveway to get away from Kane. "When our suspect came out and said the dog won't hurt you, open the door, that's when the dog actually attacked our 13-year old victim," said MacKenzie. Family members rushed him to a Turlock hospital. Kane has since been surrendered to animal control. Bingle admits this wasn't the first time the pit bull acted aggressively, but says it was his worst attack.
Marcrum is being held on a 50 thousand dollar bond; it should be 5 times this amount.
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