Mom of boy mauled by dogs gets $15,000 bond

The mother of a toddler mauled by dogs last month was granted a $15,000 bond Tuesday.


Jessica L. Chavous, 24, had been held without bond since her arrest nearly a month ago on a charge of second-degree cruelty to children.

Her 2-year-old son, Damien, was bitten more than 100 times July 10. He was seriously injured but has recovered and is living with a foster family, defense attorney Maureen Floyd said.

Damien was attacked by four dogs who were living in the fenced backyard next to Ms. Chavous' grandparents' home. Ms. Chavous and her three children were living with her grandparents on Belair Road.

Damien was left alone on the back porch when he either climbed the neighbor's fence or was pulled under it by the dogs, Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms said.

Citing Ms. Chavous' lack of any criminal history, Mr. Syms said he would not oppose her release on bond.

Ms. Floyd said the Department of Family and Children Services has opened a case on the Chavous family. Damien and his siblings, who are 8 years and 8 months old, are in foster care. The plan is to reunite the family, Ms. Floyd said.

Senior Judge Albert M. Pickett set bond for Ms. Chavous in Richmond County Superior Court. Following the DFCS plan is a condition of her release on bond.

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