BCSO: 18-month-old attacked by three pit bulls

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) -Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said an 18 month old girl was attacked by a group of pit
bulls Wednesday, July 23, 2014. It happened on Crosby Road just north of Stockton.
Investigators said the girl was outside with her father when the attack happened.

Investigators said the girl who neighbors identified as Caroline and her father, Dylan
Stafford were in their yard on Crosby Road in Stockton Wednesday when Stafford began
unloading fishing gear from his car. That’s when they said he heard his daughter scream
for help. Deputies said Sttafford turned to see three pit bulls that belonged to family
members in close proximity to the girl. Investigators said one dog was right on the child
while two others circled her.

The father immidiately rushed the child to North Baldwin Infirmary in Bay Minette to be
treated for injuries to her face and other areas. She was later transported to University
of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile in Critical, but stable
condition. Charles Stewart lives next door. He spoke with the Caroline’s grandmother who
described the injuries.

“According to her the baby’s jaw was dislocated and had a slice down through its lip and
had scratches all over it from where the dog had scratched it and all,” Stewart said.

The dogs were taken to a vetrinary clinic in Bay Minette where they remain in quarantine.

“To find out if the dogs have rabies or any other medical problems that could facilitate
more injuries to the child and also to quarantine them to keep them from attacking someone
else,” explained Capt. Steve Arthur with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. “They’ll be
quarantined for a number of days while the investigation continues to see if charges are
warranted against the owners.”

Stewart said the pit bulls belonged to the victim’s grandfather.

“These dogs were actually on their own property when the attack occurred or at least some
of the dogs were so that’s part of the investigation to see if charges are warranted at
this point,” Arthur continued.

As of late Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for the hospital said Caroline is in stable
condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.


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