Baby sitter's dog bit boy, 5
Morning Journal Writer
LORAIN, OHIO -- The 5-year-old boy who was attacked by a pit bull Thursday afternoon had surgery at Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital in Cleveland and has returned home, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
It turns out that the pit bull that bit Daymeon Banks' face and neck belongs to his baby sitter Misty Stumps, according to a Lorain Police report.
The pit bull was not running at large, despite Stumps telling officers that ''the pit bull ran down the ally toward Broadway Avenue'' and that she had not seen it since the dog attacked Daymeon, according to the report.
Stumps admitted to owning the dog and turned it over when detective Steyven Curry with the Lorain Police Department arrived at her doorstep on Friday evening, according to the report.
She agreed to cooperate with police after Curry told her that the dog would need to be located for the sake of Daymeon's treatment, the report stated. She could not prove that the dog had a rabies vaccination, according to the report.
Stump said that she vaccinated the dog herself with shots purchased from a farm supply store, but only veterinarians and vet techs can administer the injections legally, the report stated.
Stumps was charged on four seperate counts of confinement of a vicious dog, missing a rabies immunization, lack of registration and a penalty for dogs that cause damage, according to police.
Mike Mattei, Lorain Animal Control Officer, said that she will also face two additional charges, obstruction of official business and making false statements to police, when Curry files a supplement report.
Daymeon was playing with his puppy outside Thursday. As his dog wandered into Stump's house on Livingston Avenue, her pit bull attacked the puppy, prompting the boy to attempt to pull his dog away, according to the report.
That's when the pit bull attacked Daymeon, causing injury to his face and neck, the report stated.
Lisa Banks, Daymeon's mother, could not be reached for comment.
Stump's pit bull has been impounded at the Lorain Animal Clinic. The fate of the dog is uncertain until higher-ranking city officials make a decision, Mattei said.
Because the dog didn't have a shot record, he said there is a ''good chance it will not go back to the family.''
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