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Authorities: Family dog attacks child

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- A family dog savagely attacked a 9-year-old boy Tuesday morning, resulting in serious multiple injuries, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

The incident occurred at 135 Heaton Drive while the youngster, his mother and the dog were in the house.

"The mother heard a commotion and went to see what it was. The dog had bitten the child causing multiple, severe lacerations to his head, face, chest, neck, arms and stomach," said NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum. "The mom loaded him (the child) up in her car and got him out of the house and called EMS."

Crum said the incident occurred about 10:45. The dog, a pit bull, was accustomed to being with the child in the house.

"It is a family pet and the child routinely plays with the dog. There was no indication it would turn on the child," Crum said.

The mother took the child to a business location where he was transported to an air ambulance and then to Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta for treatment.

Newton County Animal Control was dispatched to pick up the dog, but Crum said it was still combative when they arrived.

"As they approached the house the dog was growling and baring its teeth, acting aggressively," Crum said. "They had to tranquilize the dog to gain control of it."

The dog remains in the custody of animal control.

In other crime news, a woman was arrested after she tried to flee from a deputy on a stolen 4-wheeler while her 7-year-old child hung onto the back.

Jessica Deon Allen, 27, of 760 Oak St. faces charges of theft by receiving stolen property, driving while license suspended, fleeing and attempting to elude, operation of an unregistered vehicle and reckless driving.

The incident occurred May 24 about 8:45 p.m. when Allen was seen by a deputy driving the vehicle down the middle of Oak Street with the young child on the back of the 4-wheeler.

When the deputy turned on his emergency equipment to make a traffic stop, Allen allegedly took off at a high rate of speed, driving through stop signs, Crum said.

"The deputy continued to follow the 4-wheeler as it went down a dirt road and veered off and drove behind a house at 760 Oak St., where the driver and the child ran inside," Crum said. "The deputy got out and made contact with a male at that residence and was later able to identify the female that was there as the driver."

Upon checking information concerning the 4-wheeler, it was discovered it was stolen out of Jackson County.