Both Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter and Other FeloniesAuthorities charged John Underwood II and Terra Connell with second-degree murder.
UPDATE 02/02/18: A Grayson County Circuit Court has sentenced both babysitters in connection to the dog mauling death of a 15-month old baby who was under their care at the time. The two defendants held separate trials. In May 2017, John Terry Underwood II, 52, was sentenced to 25 years in prison (with 18 years s… [Read full blog post]
Dog Kills Young Boy
Lawton, OK - In a developing story, a 3-year old boy was mauled to death by a dog Sunday morning. Jordan Charles Collins-Tyson was killed while visiting his great-grandmother's home, according to Pam Ramirez, a family friend. The dog, initially reported as a pit bull by KSWO-TV, latched onto the boy's neck, killing him. The child's body was transported to the state Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, Ramirez said. A family friend has started a GoFund… [Read full blog post]
Jury Verdict: Babysitter is Guilty on All Four CountsBabysitter Sentenced
UPDATE 07/13/15: On Monday, a Jasper County judge sentenced Jena Maria Wright, 27, to no more than 10-years in prison in connection to the dog mauling death of 4-year old Jordyn Arndt. Back in May, a jury convicted Wright on all four counts after Wright's pit bull savagely killed Jordyn while under her care on April 22, 2013. Wright was found guilty of felony child endangerment resulting in death, felo… [Read full blog post]
Snapshot Summary Report
DogsBite.org - In the first 225 days of this year, 28 Americans were killed by dogs. On average, a fatal attack was inflicted by a canine every 8 days in the U.S. since January 1. Pit bulls and their mixes are responsible for 71% (20) of these deaths. Pit bulls alone have an average kill rate of every 11 days during this period. Followed by two other large molosser breeds, rottweilers (7%) and bullmastiffs (7%), each inflicting 2 deaths. Four dog breeds eac… [Read full blog post]
Heroic neighbor stopped the attack by stabbing the pit bull with a steak knife.
UPDATE 01/29/15: We received a copy of the indictment against Derek Solem. As we had hoped, it included more information. The dog was not listed as a Staffordshire terrier or pit bull-mix as several news groups stated in their coverage. The fatally attacking dog, named Martel, was a "pit bull terrier." In addition to Martel previously biting another child in the home and the clear (a… [Read full blog post]
Joel Chirieleison, 6-years old, was killed by two pit bulls on August 7.
Authorities Identify Child
UPDATE 08/08/14: Sheriff's officials have released the name of the young boy killed by two pit bulls while visiting his aunt's home. Joel Chirieleison, the son of Joel Claar and Kristy Chirieleison, had been staying at his aunt's house while his father was at work. The child's aunt, Heather Claar, took the 6-year old boy's father to work that morning then took Joel to her home to… [Read full blog post]