CPS Granted Custody Of Toddler Mauled By Dogs

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The North Texas child recently mauled by dogs will be turned over to the state once he’s released from the hospital.

An investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS) urges that the state take temporary managing conservatorship from the parents.

Chance Walker Junior was at his grandparent’s house when four dogs attacked him. The 19-month-old child had serious injuries to his face was missing a “hunk of flesh” from his cheek and is still in danger of losing his left ear.

While investigating the dog attack officials with CPS discovered the child’s parents, Patricia Denise and Chance Wayne Walker, both have a history of methamphetamine use.

In an affidavit filed February 1, an investigator detailed being told that one week before the attack Chance Jr. had been given over-the-counter medication after being scratched by the dogs that ultimately mauled him.

Patricia Walker also told the investigator that one year ago one of the dogs had “nipped a little neighbor girl in the face”.

When asked about her drug use Patricia Walker claimed to have been clean for nearly a year and voluntarily gave an oral swab. The test showed the presence of methamphetamines and amphetamines.

♦♦♦Click Here To Read The Entire CPS Affidavit♦♦♦

Both parents had told emergency responders that Chance Jr. slipped though a doggie-door while they were inside the house sleeping.

Chance Jr. underwent surgery at Cook Children’s Medical Center to reattach his left ear, but doctors advised the parents he is still in danger of losing the ear. Doctors told CPS the 19-month-old would be very susceptible to infection upon release and would need to live in a “very clean environment.”

The investigator did not feel those requirements could be met since she felt Chance Jr. would be “at significant risk of further abuse or neglect if left in the care of his mother and father”, along with the fact his paternal grandmother, Lena Walker, was arrested and charged with assaulting a neighbor on the day of the dog attack. CPS also couldn’t consider having the child live with his maternal grandmother since there had recently been an outbreak of scabies at her home.

CBS 11 News learned Tuesday that there had been eight ‘dog-related’ police calls made on animals at the address in the last year.

All of the dogs blamed for mauling have been euthanized.

Chance Walker Junior was released from Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth Thursday afternoon. The child is now in the care of a foster family.

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  • Billy

    CPS sucks. They really are a bunch of bullies. They waste their time going after good people and minor allegations. Then when something like this happens they make the appearance of acting quickly. Problem is this could have been prevented if they had acted BEFORE this attack! Idiots

    • blame game

      Same old “shifting blame” mentality…don’t blame the parents, don’t blame grandparents, but oh yeah…let’s jump all over CPS for not doing anything sooner?!?!

    • Gumby Rules

      Just so as I understand your comment.

      What CPS is doing now is right?


      What CPS is doing now is wrong?

  • NiteNurse

    I can’t really blame CPS. Each CPS worker has tons of cases and often can only really do their best to take care of each case as it comes along. I feel each family when they do notice abuse or neglect early should start to take their own action by offering support and care of the child in need so things like this don’t happen. If those things don’t work then CPS should be called.

  • Billy

    I am referring to the brought-up fact that the parents were KNOWN DRUG USERS. Yes, the child was at his grandmother’s place, but did you see how SHE acted on camera the other night?? Did CPS really check this lady out? I doubt it.

    I guess you two have never had the pleasure of dealing with CPS? Simply put – they ARE above the law and are answerable to nobody. They have WAY too much power. And the bad/sad thing is that they use this power against the wrong people much of the time. So if you have not dealt with CPS directly, you really cannot see where I am coming from and should not have much to say.

    • Gumby Rules

      you’re right, I have never had to deal with CPS.

      Guess I just never abused/mistreated my kids so no need for CPS visit.

  • MysticMuggle

    What an ignorant response. Pretty sure that one day you will have to deal with CPS, God has a way of teaching judgemental fools a lesson. ;)

    • re: MysticMuggle

      …says one judgmental fool who speaks from experience.

  • MysticMuggle

    @ Billy, I understand what you are saying. I worked with young children for four years and I have seen it happen with friends and relatives: Good, innocent, people are picked on (usually CPS being used as a weapon by another family member) while other cases, sometimes including physical abuse, are ignored. I know CPS is overworked and underpayed and has a high turnover rate, but the kids that are truly in danger seem to be lost and not protected. They need to do a better job.

  • Dog Lover

    I have a suggestion. They should have euthanized the parents not the dogs.

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