Police arrest mom of child attacked by dogs

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 1:53 PM
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Richmond County sheriff's investigators arrested today the mother of a 2-year-old attacked by dogs late Friday.

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According to a statement released this afternoon by Lt. Scott Peebles, Jessica Lynn Chavous, 24, was arrested about 12:30 p.m. on a charge of cruelty to children in the second degree. She was being held without bond at the Richmond County jail.

According to a statement released by Lt. Peebles, the charge stemmed from the Friday dog attack on the 3600 block of Belair Road when her unattended child climbed into the backyard of a neighboring residence. The child remains in critical condition at Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

During the investigation, Lt. Peebles' statement said, officers learned that on July 3 the same child was nearly struck by a passing motorist on Belair Road in front of the home.

The motorist, who called the Sheriff’s Office, stated that no adults were outside with the child, and that no one in the home knew the child was outside. The motorist took the child to the front door to return him to the mother.

Officers also obtained statements that acknowledged family members and Ms. Chavous knew that the 2-year-old could not only successfully manipulate the gate to free himself from the deck, but that he could also climb the gate to escape, and had done so many times before, Lt. Peebles' statement said.

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Debster
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Debster 07/14/09 - 02:00 pm
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Again, this is a tragic

Again, this is a tragic incident, but I expected the mom to be arrested and charged. You simply cannot leave a 2-year-old unattended.

buckydog1
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buckydog1 07/14/09 - 02:05 pm
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Thought the tot was a boy.

Thought the tot was a boy.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 07/14/09 - 02:06 pm
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I thought the two-year-old

I thought the two-year-old was a boy?

arrst01
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arrst01 07/14/09 - 02:07 pm
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What is it going to take for

What is it going to take for parents to wake the hell up and become PARENTS!?!?! Glad she was arrested. All the others in her home that knew a child lived there, but were "unaware" should also have charges in some form brought against them.

Ode
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Ode 07/14/09 - 02:08 pm
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Oh snap! An unmarried mother

Oh snap! An unmarried mother of 2 children less than 2 years old being unfit and negligent. I'm shocked.

Nammy3
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Nammy3 07/14/09 - 02:12 pm
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I hear THAT! And just in time

I hear THAT! And just in time for it to look better for the owner of the dogs in court.

Ode
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Ode 07/14/09 - 02:16 pm
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C'mon Nammy. Her court

C'mon Nammy. Her court proceedings in Aiken County are totally irrelevant to this child negligence/trespassing situation in Richmond County.

Nammy3
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Nammy3 07/14/09 - 02:19 pm
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True but it may get

True but it may get mentioned...I cudda done without that picture man...

truthisstillhere
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truthisstillhere 07/14/09 - 02:19 pm
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yes he was a boy.....why did

yes he was a boy.....why did you think different?....the article says 'returned him to the mother', and 'free himself from the deck', and 'he could also climb the gate'.????????

LolaJean
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LolaJean 07/14/09 - 02:21 pm
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Good mother. Shes probably

Good mother. Shes probably one of those people that thinks the gov't is supposed to take care of your children for you too.

Nammy3
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Nammy3 07/14/09 - 02:21 pm
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But the story was again

But the story was again editted too....I guess. I missed it too.

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O_O 07/14/09 - 02:36 pm
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Some people reallly should be

Some people reallly should be barred from posting comments. Their place in the human race might successfully be contested.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 07/14/09 - 02:36 pm
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Thank goodness the motorist

Thank goodness the motorist reported it to the police or else this might have been written off as a one-time thing. Maybe this child's younger sibling will not be hit by a car or drown in a pool because he or she will be properly supervised now that Children Services is involved.

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lynnsay22 07/14/09 - 02:43 pm
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I guess all you people that

I guess all you people that were saying on the other article about this that we should not blame this women are sooooo wrong. Obviously she is incapable of taking care of children. This child must have 9 lives with the life he has led. Almost being hit by a car.....I am sure there were other incidents as well. Just pray the child will be okay and put into a family where just maybe they will actually care about the child's life and well being.

rufus
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rufus 07/14/09 - 02:44 pm
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Stick to the choir big O

Stick to the choir big O

Native007
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Native007 07/14/09 - 02:45 pm
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A picture is worth a thousand

A picture is worth a thousand words!

buckydog1
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buckydog1 07/14/09 - 02:47 pm
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truth, they have changed the

truth, they have changed the story.

Ode
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Ode 07/14/09 - 02:51 pm
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You are right O_O......how

You are right O_O......how dare anybody be held accountable for their actions. We should just give her a big ole CSRA hug and a blank check signed by the taxpayers.

Ode
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Ode 07/14/09 - 02:53 pm
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Oh wait. We the taxpayers

Oh wait. We the taxpayers have already given her check after check and are already paying for the child's healthcare and the investigation and the social workers at child services and the coming foster care of her unwanted and uncared-for children.

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hotmama64 07/14/09 - 02:55 pm
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I think people have nothing

I think people have nothing better to do with their time than to sit up here and talk about people they don't know.Like others say it was a tragic accident and nobody should have to go through was she is going thru.It don't make since to talk about others

rufus
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rufus 07/14/09 - 03:00 pm
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There ya go throwing

There ya go throwing beachballs again hotmama

lynnsay22
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lynnsay22 07/14/09 - 03:06 pm
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*****Like others say it was a

*****Like others say it was a tragic accident and nobody should have to go through was she is going thru.It don't make since to talk about others*****

Really???? Please read the article again. This so-called mother has apparently never looked after her children and is aware of that this child knew how to do exactly what led him to be hurt. If you know your child can do this, then you should DEFINITELY be keeping an eye one them. Are you that stupid???

***During the investigation, Lt. Peebles' statement said, officers learned that on July 3 the same child was nearly struck by a passing motorist on Belair Road in front of the home.
The motorist, who called the Sheriff’s Office, stated that no adults were outside with the child, and that no one in the home knew the child was outside. The motorist took the child to the front door to return him to the mother.
Officers also obtained statements that acknowledged family members and Ms. Chavous knew that the 2-year-old could not only successfully manipulate the gate to free himself from the deck, but that he could also climb the gate to escape, and had done so many times before, Lt. Peebles' statement said.***

hotmama64
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hotmama64 07/14/09 - 03:08 pm
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how am i throwing beachballs

how am i throwing beachballs again when it was my first comment i only telling the truth those dogs had no right attacking a little boy like that

rufus
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rufus 07/14/09 - 03:11 pm
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It's a baseball analogy

It's a baseball analogy meaning easy target

hotmama64
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hotmama64 07/14/09 - 03:11 pm
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like i said people have

like i said people have nothing better to do then try and make their comments both is a fault

Native007
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Native007 07/14/09 - 03:14 pm
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***those dogs had no right

***those dogs had no right attacking a little boy like that*** THank you Sherlock Holmes! The point was that this mother was not doing her job. She had another incident that was condsidered life threatening to the child as well. We are talking about her yes,... but at least everyone is staying on topic and not judging her and calling her names by her blank expression photo!

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Frank I 07/14/09 - 03:17 pm
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the child climbed the fence

the child climbed the fence into the area the dogs were kept.. the child had no right to be there..

LP.SAV
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LP.SAV 07/14/09 - 03:17 pm
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Young parents have to LEARN

Young parents have to LEARN TO THINK of every possible thing that could possibly happen to their child and make provisions against harm. A friend of mine lost her 22-month-old when he opened and went out the back door of her house and drowned in the pool during nap time. She didn't know he was awake, or that he could open the door. No one arrested her for this tragic "ACCIDENT". DFCS should check into Ms. Chavous's children's care, but she shouldn't be arrested at this time. As for the dogs, I posted a comment previously about them and their "care giver".

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 07/14/09 - 03:18 pm
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OMG!!!who will nurse the

OMG!!!who will nurse the two-month old now that mommy dearest is in jail without bond?

lynnsay22
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lynnsay22 07/14/09 - 03:19 pm
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hotmama........aren't you on

hotmama........aren't you on here making comments about people making comments about the story??? how does that make you any better than anyone else??? at least we are sticking to the subject at hand

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