Two people have been charged with having a vicious dog after a 15-month-old child suffered life-threatening injuries after being mauled by a PIT BULL Wednesday night in Grayson County.
Illegal drugs and ammunition were also found in the home, according to the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Sheriff's Office, a 9-1-1 call was placed at 9:30pm Wednesday on Penn Ford Road in Independence after John Underwood II and Terra Connell heard the child screaming. They were babysitting the child. The dog had the child's head in its mouth. Underwood was bitten in the face while trying to stop the attack. The child was flown to Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem NC, and is in critical condition.
Underwood is charged with felony child neglect and possessing a vicious dog. Connell is charged with felony neglect and having a vicious dog. She is also charged with possession of illegal drugs and possession of ammunition by a felon.
The dog was seized by animal control. An animal control officer said they did not have any information about prior bite reports on the dog, but witnesses said they noticed aggressive behavior by the dog previously. A decision on what to do with the dog is pending court action.
Underwood and Connell are being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond. They are scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
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Terra Lynn Connell and John Terry Underwood II were arrested following an incident reported around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on Penn Ford Road, also known as Route 706, near Independence.
The child was flown to Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, where she was in critical condition as of Friday afternoon.
Both suspects were held in jail without bond on charges of felony child neglect and possessing a vicious dog. They were scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Grayson County deputies allege the duo was babysitting the girl at their home when she was mauled by their PIT BULL.. The dog also held the girl's head in its mouth, said Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.
Underwood said he was awoken by the girl's screams, and he was bitten in the face while trying to intervene, Vaughan said.
Animal Control officials seized the dog. There were no prior reports of the dog biting anyone, but there have been reports of the dog showing aggressive behavior, Vaughan said.
A search warrant executed at the home uncovered illegal drugs and ammunition, Vaughan said.