Relative: Child Dog Mauling Victim Had Ear Reattached

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Police arrested someone at the center of Monday’s brutal dog attack on a toddler in Lake Worth.

It all began with a frantic 911 call by a woman saying, “I have an emergency. I’ve got a baby that’s been mauled by dogs!”

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Four dogs had attacked an 19-month old child who had managed to crawl out of a doggie door in the family home.

The child was rushed to Cook Children’s Medical Center with serious injuries. Witnesses said the boy was bitten around his face and ears.

CBS 11 News spoke with the child’s grandfather Tuesday afternoon and the man confirmed the child had undergone surgery to have an ear reattached.

Meanwhile, the injured child’s grandmother, Lena Grace Brown, was arrested — but not on charges related to the dog attack.

Police and news crews were still on the scene Monday when a neighbor confronted Brown about the dogs she deemed dangerous. Brown grabbed the neighbor by the throat but was wrestled to the ground by sheriff’s deputies, handcuffed and promptly taken into custody.

Brown posted $2,500 bond Tuesday afternoon and was released from the Tarrant County Jail.

CBS 11 News also learned Tuesday that there had been eight ‘dog-related’ police calls made on animals at the address in the last year. Officials say compliance is sometimes difficult, especially when the animals are outside of city limits.

“But when you have a compressed residential area that’s in unincorporated Tarrant County, in this case, the lack of state law to protect is very harmful in some cases because you don’t have the protection of the city,” said Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Terry Grisham.

Officials with Tarrant County Code Compliance are now trying to determine who owns two of the quarantined dogs. The grandfather of the child owns two of the animals and has told officials he does not want them back out of fear for his family.

Ultimately, Fort Worth Animal Control says all of the dogs will be humanely euthanized and tested for rabies.

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One Comment

  1. Julia says:


  2. NiteNurse says:

    Unfortunately it looks like these dogs like many in poorer neighborhoods are used as cheap burglar alarms. Dogs like these have very little training, socialization, or monitoring by their owners. No one checks the yard to see if the fence is in good repair obviously. Having a dog especially dogs of this breed involves a lot of training by the owners or something tragic like this can happen. You can’t just have a dog or a child and place them on autopilot.

  3. LibertyLover says:

    Guess I’m in the freedom loving minority because I know that in a free society you should be allowed to have as many dogs as you want. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be cared for and trained but property limits are clearly unconstitutional.

  4. Kim says:

    Total trash. Who has dogs they know are mean and out of control with a baby in the house? Why did she have this toddler in her care in the first place? Both grandparents should be arrested.

  5. GetAnEditor says:

    “Police and news crews were still on the scene Monday when a neighbor confronted Brown about the dogs she deemed dangerous. ”

    I see that CBS is using the tried-and-true “ramble like a crazy person” sentence structure in this article. Good job, I always enjoy it when professional media writes like they flunked out of second grade grammar class.

  6. Crystal says:

    Most people do not understand dogs or dog pack behavior. As usual, the dogs will pay for a human’s mistakes. I think everyone should have to take a dog behavior course to own a dog, but hey, if anyone can have a kid, anyone can have a dog.

  7. Suzette says:

    Why will ‘all’ of the dogs be killed? Why no arrest for criminal negligence of child?

  8. Helen says:

    Why do all of you people think that these dogs were mean?????? This child went into their territory and who knows maybe he was pulling on them or something, and being a baby does not know what could happen, the people inside do???? Why are you not calling the adults inside mean for not watching out for this baby????

  9. James Oliver says:

    Hey COPS eight is enough youall might want to do SOMETHING don’t you think

  10. bethany says:

    I am so glad to hear the comments I am hearing. I have owned american pitbull terriers and they are as close to human children in means of personality as one can get. It is such a shame to see stories like this and all because of the negligance of uneducated humans that treat their animals like nothing more than like one person called it, a burgular alarm.

  11. Me says:

    I feel bad for the child and the dogs. But the thing that stands out to me in this story is… the GRANDMOTHER grabbed the neighbor by the throat and was wrestled to the ground?! I could never envision a “grandmother” doing this. I’m envisioning an 80 year old woman, but this was probably a woman in her 40’s. Just guessing…

  12. fredpat says:

    Them poor dogs. A bigger problem is with the family courts. Apparently jerome hennigan runs the 324th, has ultimate authority over disposition of children, as in this case he typically ignores CPS and social study
    recommendations and returns children to abusive or addicted
    parents/guardians, if he feels like it. He contributes to child abuse but always gets re-elected with $105K salary. There were several warning signs of neglect which were reported but dismissed by CPS as action will be futile.

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