Child taken to hospital after dog attack

Saturday, July 11, 2009 10:44 AM
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A 2-year old Augusta boy was still in the hospital Saturday after being mauled by several dogs Friday night.

According to a Richmond County sheriff’s report, the boy’s mother, Jessica Chavous, of the 3600 block of Belair Road, told officers that her son had climbed the fence to a neighbor’s backyard where there were several dogs . The dogs bit her son, Damien Chavous, numerous times before the child’s great-uncle was able to rescue him. The incident happened about 8:40 p.m.

Damien was transported to the Medical College of Georgia hospital for treatment, and was in critical condition Saturday night, according to Denise Parrish, spokesperson for the Medical College of Georgia.

Diane Downs, director of Augusta Animal Services, said the child was attacked by four dogs . She said the owner of unoccupied house, Shirley Andres Barnes, told her that she had moved to Belvedere, S.C., but had been returning every day to feed the dogs. Two other dogs that were in a separate fenced-in area in the front yard of the house were not part of the mauling, Ms. Downs said.

A phone number for Ms. Barnes was not immediately available.

Bill Swint, the great-grandfather of the child and owner of the residence on Belair Road, said Saturday his neighbor had been taking in stray animals for years. He said at one point, she had kept at least 15 dogs in her yard. The fence between Mr. Swint’s property and Ms. Barnes is four feet high, and he believes the dogs may have pulled the toddler over it into the neighboring yard. He said his great-grandson was bitten on his legs, arms, neck, shoulders and face.

Ms. Downs said animal control has visited Ms. Barnes’ house several times in the past to remove animals. Ms. Downs said the four dogs that attacked the boy were all mixed breeds and medium in size. Animal control officers took five of the dogs away Friday night. One of the dogs that had been in the front yard jumped a fence and escaped. Animal control has not made a decision regarding what will happen to the dogs because the investigation is still ongoing, she said.

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SC-LSU-Fan
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SC-LSU-Fan 07/11/09 - 11:27 am
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Why was a 2 year old boy in

Why was a 2 year old boy in the yard at 8:40 pm unsupervised long enough to climb a fence????

beachboy
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beachboy 07/11/09 - 11:42 am
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Lack of

Lack of parenting..............need I say more???????

christie
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christie 07/11/09 - 11:45 am
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Thank god the child was seen

Thank god the child was seen and rescused in time.

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andywarhol 07/11/09 - 11:50 am
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Hmmm. My seven year old has

Hmmm. My seven year old has an 830 bedtime. I allow him to stay awake a little longer INSIDE during the Summer. It's no wonder he does so well in school and well behaved. I actually pay attention to him and spend time with him. That's also why he's never been mauled by dogs at 9PM.

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beachboy 07/11/09 - 11:50 am
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I failed to read your

I failed to read your post-name, even thou I'm a UGA Bulldog, both of my son's graduated from USC, and I have a very high admiration for LSU. Should be a great SEC for the football season.

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clyde1 07/11/09 - 12:04 pm
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Something awful has happened

Something awful has happened to a two-year-old and you have no compassion. For those of us with children, I think we can honestly say there are, or have been many times that the safety of our children has been in question. Don't be so judgmental, please. The family is suffering enough. As for talking about football... what are you doing?

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Mulanrouge25 07/11/09 - 12:45 pm
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haha I think the football

haha I think the football comment was posted in the wrong column! As far as the dog bite incident yes it is a very sad and unfortunate incident thank the lord he is still alive. I do however agree with all the previous posts that question the parental supervision towards this child. Sure accidents happen and if you say there are times where your child's safety has been in question I will take your word for it but my 2yr old child was never let out of my site maybe I was over paranoid?? Who knows.. giving the benefit of the doubt the mother could have thought the child was in the bed sleeping and he snunck out the door or something.. I do however not believe that was the case but thats just my opinion I am just glad the child is alive and if she had a problem watching her child before hopefully this will make her do a much better job. I do not think it's right that the dogs were taken when they were secured in their own yard.

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Ode 07/11/09 - 12:47 pm
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The parent should be

The parent should be investigated thoroughly. How negligent can a person be?

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purmkinhed 07/11/09 - 12:55 pm
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Not to stick up for the mom

Not to stick up for the mom but I can remember one cold winter Saturday morning around 5am where our 4 yr old son woke up early and let himself out of the house and was playing with the water hose on the deck. Afterward my husband installed a lock on the front and back doors that was at the top of the door so he couldn't reach it. Does that make us bad parents?

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patriciathomas 07/11/09 - 01:19 pm
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First child? No idea on how

First child? No idea on how to care for an 2 year old? The mother seems to be as responsible as a Dem. Why were the dogs taken by animal control? Weren't they in their fenced yard? I see a lot of fault to go around here and none of it's the dogs'.

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Rose 07/11/09 - 01:40 pm
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pt this has nothing to do

pt this has nothing to do with any political party.

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Rose 07/11/09 - 01:44 pm
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I don't see why the dogs were

I don't see why the dogs were removed. They were in their own fenced in yard. The mother should have known her child can wander, so why was the child not locked in the house. My daughter has deadbolt locks on her doors. She has to use a key to unlock a door to even go outside.

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Mulanrouge25 07/11/09 - 01:45 pm
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It may have nothing to do

It may have nothing to do with a political party but every question pt states is a valid one! PT is right on the money with this one!!

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justus4 07/11/09 - 01:56 pm
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No charges will be filed

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No charges will be filed against the dog owners. Excuses will be concocted while this child was harmed terribly. Where are the charges? And none of this minor BS, but send a message to dog lovers. If your dog bites, U get 10 yrs. Where is the value for life?

Rose
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Rose 07/11/09 - 02:20 pm
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So dog owners should have

So dog owners should have their dog's teeth removed? Bull!

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Rose 07/11/09 - 02:25 pm
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Value of life is the main

Value of life is the main reason parents should be sure their kids are safe. Lock them in the house if they can open doors.

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FedupwithAUG 07/11/09 - 02:47 pm
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WHY ? "Augusta-Richmond

WHY ? "Augusta-Richmond County Animal Control took the dogs" I hope the AC follows up on what happens to the dogs. They probably wont tell you they were put down.

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KSL 07/11/09 - 02:49 pm
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No, jumper didn't post on the

No, jumper didn't post on the wrong thread. He was commenting on to the poster, SC LSU fan.

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O_O 07/11/09 - 03:31 pm
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Dogs that will attack and

Dogs that will attack and maul a small child, in their own territory or not, are dangerous dogs. There is no other way to understand that. What would they be like if they managed to get out? Somehow, I doubt they would be less likely to attack a little child that approached them, as to be expected with children. Dog owners are responsible if their animals hurt someone in the same way they would be responsible for the mailman's back injury after he fell on little Johnny's skateboard in the driveway. I hope these dog owners have really good liability insurance because there is going to be a big payout in their future for this little boy. It's a risk you take in having a dog.

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Ode 07/11/09 - 04:18 pm
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O_O - that is just assinine

O_O - that is just assinine thinking. What if a bear or snake got out of the zoo? Would they not be dangerous? Should they be removed? The kid was trespassing. His mother is negligent. If a property owner wants to put a moat with pirahna around their house then that is his right too. Don't trespass on his darn property. You liberals refuse to hold individuals accountable. Ignorance and poor parenting just like any individual's action has consequences and people need take responsibility for themselves. As for the dogs, they are always taken in and tested when they bite anybody and it is reported by police. They will be tested for rabies and other diseases which could infect the boy and then they will be released back to their owner.

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lilmace 07/11/09 - 04:36 pm
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It's possible the dogs were

It's possible the dogs were only playing with the child(who should have been in his own yard). Was the child known to the dogs? Why should the dogs and/or the owner of them pay for the fault of an irresponsible parent? The dogs did not climb the fence into the child's yard he violated their space. I'm so sorry the child was hurt but he was the one trespassing... I sincerely hope they will be rerurned to their owner.

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jack 07/11/09 - 04:46 pm
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A 2 year old should NEVER be

A 2 year old should NEVER be allowed outside without some one watching him/her. Sure glad some one rescued the child.

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corgimom 07/11/09 - 04:51 pm
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Two year olds act like two

Two year olds act like two year olds. Any parent can tell you that they can turn their back for two minutes and their two year old does something. How awful that any one is suggesting the parents were neglectful. For all that any of you know, she may have thought her child was safely in bed when this happened. No one can watch a child 24 hours a day, and every parent has a story of when their young child did something while their parents' back was turned. My brother climbed on top of the roof of my parents' house when he was 3. I drank bleach when I was 3, I climbed up on top of the washer and my mother didn't even know I could climb up there. I thought the bleach was orange juice. She was just in the next room, 10 feet away. Kids just act like kids. This was just a terrible accident and I hope the baby will recover. My thoughts are with the family.

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Ode 07/11/09 - 05:14 pm
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Sounds like you had negligent

Sounds like you had negligent parents too corgimom.

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beachboy 07/11/09 - 05:15 pm
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Mulanrogue25, please accept

Mulanrogue25, please accept my apology for not addressing my post properly. I only wanted to be nice to to the USC LSU fan. God please forgive me........get a life. Thanks KSL, at least you understood the motive. I'm sorry, I'm just an old country boy that was brought up in poverty but knows right from left. May God Bless each of you..Are you going to give the Lord an hour or so of your time ? I am.

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DEVGRU 07/11/09 - 05:18 pm
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It looks like the parent is

It looks like the parent is in a heap of trouble, but even though the dog owner had a fence it must not have been much of one if a two year old climbed it.

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ladyjanegrey 07/11/09 - 05:55 pm
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so corgi..ir seems that a

so corgi..ir seems that a person who has Their dogs confined must be liable for a no good mother who is not watching her children,,,yes it seems that the barry mentality is spreading...people watch your kids..is that so hard??? If so maybe you should look into sterilization//////////////

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corgimom 07/11/09 - 06:01 pm
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I did all sorts of stuff, and

I did all sorts of stuff, and my brother was 10 times worse. If you have an active, curious, intelligent child- and my mother had 3 children in 4 years, on top of that- yes, stuff like that happens.

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ladyjanegrey 07/11/09 - 06:08 pm
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agreed corgi..so does that

agreed corgi..so does that make the doge owners liable?

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corgimom 07/11/09 - 06:19 pm
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If you read the story, the

If you read the story, the house was unoccupied, as in vacant. Don't you wonder why there were 5 dogs in the yard of an unoccupied house? It was either that they were running loose or someone had left them and they were probably hungry. Or are you too busy condemning the mother to think about that? Yes, the dogs should be taken, who knows who the owners are or if they have had rabies shots? What if they were feral dogs? Who said that the dogs were confined in a fenced yard?

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