From the Associated Press via the Charlotte Observer of 9-1-09
Onslow County, NC Sheriff’s Deputies have charged a couple with felony child abuse after a pit bull dog chewed the toes off of a 4-month old baby’s foot.
The Sheriff’s Office said that the 1-year old pit bull chewed off all the toes on the child’s left foot while he was on a couch during the night.
Deputies say the child’s mother, Robie Lynn Jenkins, and her boyfriend, Tremayne Spillman, were dog-sitting for a man who had been arrested on a charge of illegal possession of a gun.
Jenkins told Deputies she was on medication and didn’t hear the child crying during the night while she slept in the same room. She said she didn’t discover the injury until she changed the child’s diaper Monday morning.
Deputies said that hospital officials said the child may lose his foot.