10-year-old loved his dog, but feared girl, 5, was 'going to die'

NORTH AUGUSTA — Kalyl Jackson hated to punch and stab his family’s pet pit bull terrier, but he knew he had to do it – his friend was in danger.

The shy Moss Creek Elementary fourth-grader said that it made him sad to hurt the dog he loved but that he felt good about his role in saving the 5-year-old victim.

“I was thinking, 'Oh my gosh, she’s going to die,’” he said Monday.

Thanks to him, she didn’t.

The girl, whom the family did not want to name, was released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital on Wednesday and returned to school Monday, said Kalyl’s mother, Shannon Blake.

“She got some bruises and cuts, but she’s going to be fine,” she said.

Ms. Blake said she is proud of her 10-year-old son and elated that her boyfriend’s child survived.

“He’s so sweet and quiet. We didn’t know he had it in him,” she said.

The father of the girl has been charged with owning a dangerous animal.

Aiken County Animal Control charged Fredrick Wallace, 24, of the 200 block of Ashley Circle in North Augusta, with keeping a dangerous animal and with having an animal creating a nuisance, Chief Officer Bobby Arthurs said Monday afternoon.

The fine for the charges can range from $100 to $1,000, Mr. Arthurs said. A court date is scheduled for this month.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Augusta Chronicle.

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