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2-year-old attacked by pit bull
Family lost home, dog in mobile-home fire
Globe Staff Writer
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KANSAS, Okla. - A 2-year-old girl who went near a chained pit bull terrier was attacked Tuesday afternoon, according to Tonya Kaiser, secretary for the city of Kansas and its police and fire departments.
Cianna Crittenden, who was flown by helicopter to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, might be released on Friday, according to Kaiser.
Cianna's family's mobile home burned about a month ago, and the family was living with other family members, Kaiser said. The Crittenden family's puppy burned in the mobile-home fire.
The child went outside early Tuesday afternoon by herself and likely went to play with the neighbor's pit bull, which was chained up, according to Kaiser.
"The dog has taken a chunk out of her cheek," Kaiser said.
The toddler also had punctures around one eye, and the dog bit her around the neck area and injured a part of her spinal cord.
Emma Parsons, with whom Cianna and her parents, Perry and Stephanie Crittenden, are staying, said Stephanie Crittenden went to look for daughter and began screaming when she saw her in the dog's mouth.
Stephanie Crittenden reportedly opened the pit bull's mouth, and the dog dropped the toddler, according to Parsons.
"As far as we know, she moved her arm, she moved her leg and she can smile," Parsons said. "Those are good signs."
I can not believe they are trying to blame a dog that was chained in his OWN yard! What on earth were the parents doing? How did a 2 year old get out side and to the neighbors without them knowing where she was?