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

Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 2:50 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 9:04 AM
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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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1CowboyFan
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1CowboyFan 01/04/10 - 03:55 pm
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Pit bull and rottweiler

Pit bull and rottweiler breeds should be banned. There is no reason for anyone to own such a dangerous animal, except for those who are compensating for having a small penis.

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/04/10 - 04:01 pm
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JGC, I'm gonna laugh and

JGC, I'm gonna laugh and agree and give you my support on that and hope you post won't be removed. At last one person saw it.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 01/04/10 - 04:17 pm
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Three. ;-)

Three. ;-)

mgr
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mgr 01/04/10 - 04:27 pm
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Five

Five

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 01/04/10 - 04:29 pm
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six

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ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/04/10 - 04:56 pm
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In honor of JCG - "Pit bulls

In honor of JCG - "Pit bulls and Rotweilers should be banned. There is no reason for anyone to own such a dangerous animal, except for those who are (trying to) compensating for having small (private parts)."

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andywarhol 01/04/10 - 05:10 pm
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Yeah, but you ain't a G less

Yeah, but you ain't a G less u have da pit son!

mrsb33
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mrsb33 01/04/10 - 05:36 pm
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The only thing that should be

The only thing that should be banned are the IDIOTS who know nothing about the breed. A small dog is more likely to bite than a pit, any provoked dog will bite. I have 2 pits come to my house and all they'll do is lick you to death. I work with a pit bull rescue and they are the sweetest dogs, it's when dumb*** get hold of them for the wrong reasons and make them mean you have a problem. Before you talk about something you know NOTHING about, read up on the facts..responsible pit owners train their dogs and end up having wonderful dogs who are loyal and sweet. Don't blame the dog blame the OWNERS who don't take the time to do the responsible thing!!! And I'm sorry but isn't it a crime to leave your chilldren at home alone?? Did a woman not just get arrested for leaving a 5 & 10 year old at home alone to go to the club? I'd sue for stabbing my dog! Who knows what really happened anyways? Seriously people, this crap of attacking the breed is gettting old, if that's gonna be the case ban all dogs as dangerous breeds..

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justthefacts 01/04/10 - 05:46 pm
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Let us know next time a

Let us know next time a Chihuahua kills someone. Just kidding, just kidding.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/04/10 - 05:47 pm
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What was the sick child doing

What was the sick child doing outside anyway? I have to agree with mrsb33, responsible dog owners train their dogs and evidently the dog was not use to children being around since the father was babysitting the children while the mother worked. WHAT? The father was babysitting? Should be his responsiblity as a parent to take care of the children if the mother is working whether they live in the home or not....he's not babysitting, he's being a parent. Babysitting is for the neighbors teenager.

dani
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dani 01/04/10 - 05:50 pm
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mrs..Unreal. You can't

mrs..Unreal. You can't believe that. You are expressing a dangerous belief that some kook might fall for. (BTW A small dog will bite but they don't go for the kill)

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/04/10 - 05:54 pm
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Neither did this dog. The

Neither did this dog. The reports says the dog bit her on the leg and arms. If a pit was going for a kill, he'd aim for the throat which would have been easy on a 5 year old.

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Georgialina 01/04/10 - 06:04 pm
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MSB Let me know when you find

MSB Let me know when you find a story of a pomerian killing or almost killing someone. It must have a little something to do with their breed. My main problem is why was a 10 year old left to care for a sick 5 year old while the adult went ANYWHERE??? I do not think most 10 year olds are mature enough to care for a sick 5 year old. And before I start getting crap for saying that by people who think their 10 year olds are old enough to be left alone. So were my two but I LOVED them and CARED for them way too much to put them at that kind of risk. And guess what it worked, they both are very fine well adjusted adults.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/04/10 - 06:16 pm
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I agree with you Georgianlina

I agree with you Georgianlina concerning the age of the child left in charge. It was my understanding (at least when my children were young) that they had to be at least 12 years of age to be left alone. Maybe the age limit has changed but to me a 10 year old is a little young to be left in charge.

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corgimom 01/04/10 - 06:33 pm
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Georgialina, the 5 year old

Georgialina, the 5 year old couldn't have been too sick, she was outside in the back yard with the dog. The only charge he is getting is from Animal Control. I started babysitting when I was 11, babysitting 2 boys, 4 and 7, until 2 and 3 am.

Georgialina
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Georgialina 01/04/10 - 06:50 pm
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Sick enough to need medicine.

Sick enough to need medicine. In my house that would have been really sick since we did not pass out daily drugs in my house. Only tooks meds when we were sick. The fact that the Animal Control is the agency charging and not the Sheriff's Dept. was my point, mom. BTW good thing I was not your father because I assure you that you would NOT have been out till 2 am at age 11. I am not sure anyone I know would let an 11 year old stay out that late for any reason. Just courious did you have a two parent house, meaning are your real mother and father still married? Not that this would change anything but since you chose to question my parenting without knowing much about me, I would like a little more infomation about why your parents would let you stay out till all hours of the night.

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corgimom 01/04/10 - 06:59 pm
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Well, since my parents are

Well, since my parents are now dead, I don't know if you could say they are still married, but yes, they were married 39 years. And I skipped 2 grades by age 11, I was an 8th grader when I was 11. I babysat 3 kids under 5 (4, 2, and 1) at age 12. I started working at age 13 by babysitting an infant after school 5 days per week, including cooking dinner, and after a year, it was a toddler and his infant brother. My story is not that unusual.

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disssman 01/04/10 - 07:06 pm
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In Germany you can have a Pit

In Germany you can have a Pit Bull or a Pommeranian. But to own either one will cost you hundreds of thousands of Euros for Liability insurance. If we had laws like that, we taxpayers wouldn't be footing the bills for the left over of these attacks. In England it is illegal to own a pistol or a Pit Bull or a Rotweiler. They are all considered extremely dangerous based on past history.

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Georgialina 01/04/10 - 07:11 pm
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Now I find that story a

Now I find that story a little hard to believe. Yes you would have to say it is unusual. Skipped TWO grades by age 11?? I have to call BS on that one. But lets stick to your last line. I was allowed to skip ONE grade in high school and that was unusual since only 4 of us meet the criteria out of over 3000 students. So if you think you are usual I have to differ. Sorry I can not believe your story so I will now end this debate. Have a great life. My whole point was in TODAY'S time (and this story is set in today's time) NO 10 year old should be in charge of a sick 5 year old.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/04/10 - 07:17 pm
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babysitting that young and

babysitting that young and cooking dinner, it must have been younger siblings. I just find it hard that someone would trust and 11 or 12 year old with such young children especially at 2 and 3 am unless they resided in the same household. I know I would let my 11 year old out that time of the morning, what about school the next morning.

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InChristLove 01/04/10 - 07:19 pm
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Should have been "I know I

Should have been "I know I wouldn't let my 11 year old out that time of the morning...."

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corgimom 01/04/10 - 07:37 pm
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Well, I don't know what to

Well, I don't know what to tell you, other than the truth. And I had the credits to skip my junior year, but then I would've graduated at 15. I've said on here many times that I started college at 16 and it was extremely difficult. Because of my experiences, I am dead set against skipping children in school. And your family must not have a farm background. My father was a farm boy, and children working is 100% normal. It still is, on farms. You want to hear some work stories, talk to the elderly people in Augusta from farm families or mill families. My father was supporting himself, his mother, and his little sister when he was 15.

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danjodobies 01/04/10 - 07:40 pm
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For those wondering, yes, a

For those wondering, yes, a Pomeranian has been responsible for the death of an infant. Also a Dachshund killed a baby in recent years. Last year a Lab puppy killed a child left unattended in a swing in the living room while the mother and grandmother slept in another room. No small child should be left alone with ANY dog. If this was the family dog, then what perhaps did the child do to trigger possibly a defensive response by the dog? Even nice children that age will push, poke, pinch or otherwise bother a dog and not be mature enough to heed the dog's warning growl of "I don't like that so stop poking me with that stick." There was no adult there to see what actions transpired between the child and the dog. The father shouldn't have been charged with having a dangerous dog but charged with child neglect.

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dwb619 01/04/10 - 08:08 pm
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BobbyHodges, you are an

BobbyHodges, you are an idiot!

dani
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dani 01/04/10 - 08:08 pm
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The posters defending the pit

The posters defending the pit bull evidently forgot to read the article. The brother had to beat the dog off the child. Who knows how bad it would have been if no one had come to her aid. For those who refuse to see the truth, as BobbyHodges said, "bull hockey".

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fred1217 01/04/10 - 08:57 pm
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Why is it that after a shark

Why is it that after a shark attack, you never have people claiming that Sharks are no dangerous than guppies, if you raise them the right way?

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goldie53 01/04/10 - 09:10 pm
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And I'm sorry but isn't it a

And I'm sorry but isn't it a crime to leave your chilldren at home alone?? Did a woman not just get arrested for leaving a 5 & 10 year old at home alone to go to the club?
Posted by mrsb33 on Mon Jan 4, 2010 5:36 PM

Two different states that border each other. The woman who left for the club New Yr. Eve lives in GA. GA law, you must not leave a child under 13 yr alone. The pitbull attack happen in SC. I believe in SC a child can be left alone if over 10 years of age.

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HollyHoly 01/04/10 - 09:59 pm
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BobbyHodges you are RIGHT

BobbyHodges you are RIGHT SPOT ON. These idiots, it is very apparent, have more love for their brutal dogs than humans. Kinda creeps me out.

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ustabe 01/04/10 - 10:08 pm
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I love my dog. He's gentle,

I love my dog. He's gentle, well-mannered, patient with adults and children. That being said, I would never, never, never leave him alone with a small child, and no matter how responsible and mature some of us may have been at age 10, that's much too young to be babysitting. Now that's all just common sense, folks.

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sassygirl12 01/04/10 - 10:22 pm
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i feel bad for the kid that

i feel bad for the kid that had to stab his pet. after all lets put the blame where it goes. on the parents. they never should have left that poor child at home with a dog like that to start with. both of them ought to be charged. as much as you read about them animals attacking. and by no means is this is a racial remark, its called my opinion that we all are entitled to, but black people love them dogs. why, who knows. they are violent and i would not have one if someone gave me one. kudos to the boy that saved the little girls life. he did something that the parents should have been there to do

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