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Jacksonville, NC, Pit bull Puppy Chews Off Infant’s Toes While Parents Are In the House


Posted on Sep 23, 2009

Jacksonville, NC, Pit bull Puppy Chews Off Infant's Toes While Parents Are In the House

This week a horrific dog attack story out of Jacksonville, North Carolina proves that even pit bull puppies are too dangerous to leave alone with children. On Monday, a 12-week-old pit bull chewed the toes off of a four-month-old infant baby. The parents of the baby, 20-year-old Robbie Jenkins and 23-year-old Tremayne Spillman have been charged with felony child abuse.

Reports from the Onslow County Sheriff's Department and the Associated Press say that the mother was medicated and sleeping in the room with the baby at the time of the North Carolina dog attack. The father was in another part of the house. There is some speculation that the other two children in the house may have let the dog into the baby's room.

The baby, Tremayne Jerel Spillman Jr., was rushed to Pitt Memorial Hospital where he is in stable condition. The parents are in Onslow County Jail on $50,000 bond each. The dog involved in the infant dog attack has been euthenized after animal control officers determined it did not have rabies. The mother of the dog bite victim said that they were holding the puppy for two days for a friend who had been arrested for possession of an illegal firearm. The baby may or may not lose his foot due to the dog bite injuries.

"No one understands unless they have a child that this happens to," Belinda Baker, the child's grandmother, said. "It is something horrible. No one can imagine what she saw of her baby."

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