From left: Shaylee Crosson before the pit bull attack and after.
Miracles in the Making
UPDATE 06/29/09: A family member or friend of Shaylee Crosson has developed a prayer website for the little girl along with other children. The website states: "This blog has been created so that we can pray as a body of believers for the tiny miracles of this world." The site also shows critical injury (graphic) photographs taken of Shaylee after the attack. We urge parents to look at these images and become aware of the serious injuries inflicted by pit bulls.
Several days after posting the Miracles update, we received word that Shaylee's hospital stay is expected be to another 4 to 6 months.
06/26/09: "Boyfriend's" Pit Bull Attacks
More information regarding the arrest of Shaylee's grandmother, Charlie Walker, has come forth. She said the pit bull had never been vicious in the past and that the dog belonged to her "boyfriend." He was arrested on June 22 by the Fannin County's Sheriff’s Department along with Walker, but on an unrelated warrant. Walker is charged with 2nd degree Felony, punishable by no less than 2 and no more than 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
A "boyfriend's pit bull" is a common denominator in many of these attacks. A quick search on DogsBite.org shows the term "boyfriend, pit bull" appearing nearly 100 times.
06/23/09: Grandmother Arrested, Charged
CBS 7 reports that Shaylee's grandmother has been arrested in the pit bull attack that left her granddaughter severely injured. The grandmother, who remains unnamed, was taken into custody yesterday morning in Bonham, Texas and was later released on bail. According to Shaylee's mother, the grandmother has been charged with Injury to a Child. Little Shaylee remains hospitalized in Dallas, and family members say she continues to make progress.
06/20/09: Dog Belonged to Grandmother
Clarification about the pit bull involved in this attack has finally been made. North Texas e-News reports that the pit bull was restrained on a dog run in the grandmother's backyard. This pit bull did not belong to a neighbor; it belonged to the grandmother or someone who was keeping the pit bull on her property. To add to the horror of the Shaylee Bug tragedy, the pit bull reportedly had a known history of aggression including killing two dogs prior to attacking Shaylee.
"Indications are the dog was known to be aggressive and had killed two dogs previously. The dog was killed by people at the scene before law enforcement arrived and Bonham Police Department Animal Control Officer Jimmy Gilbert was called the retrieve the dead pit bull.
Bonham Police Chief Mike Bankston said this latest attack should reinforce the danger of owning aggressive animals and pit bulls are involved in a high percentage of incidents in the city.
"We have had more vicious attacks by pit bulls than by any other breed," Chief Bankston remarked.
Lieutenant Parker backed up that assessment and added that in a rural area such as Fannin County, there seems to be more pit bull owners breeding territorial, aggressive animals than in urban settings."
06/18/09: Infection Sets In; Fundraiser
CBS 7 has reported an update on Shaylee Bug. She is still in a Dallas hospital were she goes through surgery every two days to clean out the open wound on the side of her head. According to relatives, she also has an infection in her face, but they are hoping this is not too much of a setback or that it will require additional cosmetic surgery. The article reminds readers about the upcoming fundraiser at Barbwire N Lace this Saturday in Odessa (please see details below).
They also note that the emergency care flight alone cost $18,000.
06/15/09: Pit Bull Attack Victim Out of ICU
After 12 days in the Intensive Care Unit at Dallas Children's Hospital, it was reported that Shaylee was released and now resides in a regular room. Shaylee's mother told CBS 7 reporters that she does remember the June 4 attack which brings bouts of depression. Family members say that prayers are helping. As documented in the Zupf video, Shaylee now faces many rounds of plastic surgery, and medical bills that will undoubtedly stretch into half a million dollars.
06/11/09: 3-Year Old Suffers Devastating Injury
Odessa, TX - On June 4, 3-year-old Shaylee Crosson, known as "Shaylee bug," was playing at her grandmother's house near Dallas, Texas. Moments later she was brutally attacked by a neighbor's pit bull. The little girl was rushed to the Dallas Children's Hospital where a team of doctors worked to repair extensive injuries that she suffered. It was reported that 80% percent of her scalp was ripped away in the attack and her little face suffered deep lacerations as well.
One week later, West Texas friends and relatives held a prayer circle at a park about 350 miles away from Dallas. Patrick Goldston, who has not met Shaylee, led the group. He said, "We're going to do our best to project healing powers for her tonight. Heal the scars so they may fade in time and heal her heart and soul." With their heads bowed, and a little piece of Shaylee over their hearts, the group prayed for her to heal. Afterward, they sent blue balloons into the sky.
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