Mother of toddler bitten by leashed pit bull talks with FOX23

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 7/03/2013 8:59 am Published: 7/02/2013 8:22 pm

The mother of the 3-year-old boy who was bitten by a pit bull in Midtown Tulsa on Sunday spoke with FOX23 about the ordeal and an update on her son's condition.

Sheila didn't want to show her face on camera but told FOX23 reporter Brittany Jeffers that the past few days have taken a toll on the family.

Sheila said that she was visiting friends at an apartment complex near 11th and Yale around 10 p.m. on Sunday when her youngest son, Jermaine, was bit.

"The next thing you know, you hear him scream and then you hear him yell," said Sheila, "I ran out and was over there in less than second."

Sheila said that she asked the child where he was bit and then covered his left arm in a towel and took him to the emergency room.

"I think he was scared that he was hurt and that he had seen blood," said Sheila.

The child has puncture wounds on the inside of his left arm but was able to run and play with friends on Tuesday evening.

"They gave him some antibiotics for infection but they wouldn't put stitches in it because of the bacteria," said Sheila.

The dog owner told police he was walking his dog, Chaos, on a 10-foot leash while talking on his phone, when the 3-year-old started walking toward them.

The owner said he told the little boy to stay back, but the child did not and the dog bit his arm.

The owner signed custody of his dog over to Animal Control. The next step is getting the dog tested for rabies.

This is the third time the dog has bitten someone. The first incident was not reported to police, and the second time Animal Control was notified but the victim did not press charges.

Sheila said that she isn't pointing fingers. She owns a pit bull and that this whole ordeal is a lesson for all pet owners.

"If your dog is mean, and you know he is mean, then muzzle him," said Sheila. "If you take him for a walk, put a muzzle on him and he can't hurt anybody like that."

The mother of the toddler said that she is just thankful that the incident wasn't worse.

"Jermaine is a sunshine to everybody," said Sheila.

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ashleygo - 7/19/2013 11:57 AM
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Both the mother and dog owner are to blame the mother for neglect and dog owner for having such a mean dog he knows is prone to attack the dog should've been put down the second time he bit someone don't know when people are going to realize pits should not be allowed !

SDCradt - 7/4/2013 1:17 PM
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Exactly! No 3 year old child should be left outside to wander on their own. THAT should be considered child neglect. SHE should be charged!

Mayor Maynot - 7/2/2013 11:11 PM
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Oughtta muzzle Sheila. You uncaring mommie.. Put your baby on a leash sos u knows whare he is am are. Make her pay for the vet bill. She had a toddler at large. Have DHS look into however else she's neglecting that poor urchin.

rthompson0388 - 7/2/2013 9:32 PM
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Its not the dogs fault. The dog was doing its job, protecting it's owner The parents should have been keeping a lot closer eye on the toddler. the dog owner told the child to stay away and if the parents were doing there job the child wouldn't have gotten bit.

APITBULLOWNER - 7/2/2013 9:24 PM
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How about try having your 3 year old child at home in bed at 10pm?
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