Parents charged in dog bite
Thursday, January 18, 2007 4:41 PM EST
Felony child abuse charges are filed against a Rome Township couple.
From staff reports
ADRIAN â€” A Rome Township couple face felony child abuse charges for bringing a pit bull terrier into their home that mauled their 10-year-old son on Dec. 30. The boy was taken to a Toledo hospital for treatment of severe wounds to his left arm, according to Lenawee County Sheriffâ€™s Department reports.
The boyâ€™s mother, Amanda Jane Gilbert, 30, was arraigned Monday in Lenawee County District Court and his stepfather, Kelly James Oâ€™Neill, 34, was arraigned Wednesday. Both face second-degree child abuse charges that carry maximum four-year prison terms. They are also charged with misdemeanor counts for failure to license or vaccinate three pit bull terriers police found at their home on U.S. 223.
Gilbert called for help after a male pit bull terrier attacked her son inside their home at about 7:15 p.m. on Dec. 30. Sheriffâ€™s department reports said she pulled the dog off her son. She and the boy then shut themselves inside a bathroom for safety.
The dog kept an ambulance crew from entering the house until Oâ€™Neill arrived home and was able to lock it inside a cage, reports said.
The boy was taken first to Bixby Medical Center before being transferred to a hospital in Toledo for treatment of severe injuries to his forearm and serious bite wounds to his upper arm. Gilbert was also bitten while struggling with the dog, reports said.
All three dogs were taken to the Lenawee Humane Society shelter in Adrian for observation. The male pit bull was euthanized Jan. 1 after staff there reported it was acting viciously toward them.
Deputies reported Oâ€™Neill agreed on Dec. 30 that the attack was unprovoked and the dog should be put down.
The dog, named â€œDiesel,â€
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