On the afternoon of Monday, March 28, 2016 the Ottumwa Police Department received a report of a child that had been attacked by a dog. Officers responded to Ottumwa Regional Health Center ER to conduct an investigation.
Officers learned that a 10 year old male had been attacked by a PIT BULLin the back yard of 118 South Fellows Street in Ottumwa. The child had been bitten several times during the attack which resulted in injuries to his left upper arm and shoulder, left thigh area and his left hand.
It was determined the Pit Bull got loose from another child as the child was attempting to place the dog in a crate outside the residence. The dog then observed the victim and attacked. A relative of the dog owner heard the victim screaming and pulled the dog from the victim.
Officers seized the Pit Bull and quarantined it due to the owner lacking proof of rabies vaccination.
The owner of the dog was determined to be:
Christino Lajiman Heine, 32, of 118 S. Fellows Ave. Ottumwa Iowa
He was charged with the following:
Animals That Bite Keeping Prohibited (Possession of a Pitbull) Failure to Have Evidence of Rabies Vaccination
He was arrested and released on police citations and made to appear on 04-04-16
A child has been seriously injured in a PIT BULL attack, his mother confirmed.
The little boy will survive, his family reports, after being attacked by the dog on Ottumwa's east side earlier this week.
The school-aged child and his family have not yet been named publicly, but Ottumwa Police Department officers have been conducting interviews with the boy and his mother. His injuries were considered serious, requiring multiple stitches and hospitalization. An officer said the bites he photographed as part of his investigation were extremely severe.
After the interviews Wednesday, a family member told The Courier they would let the child decide if he was comfortable talking to the media publicly. He appeared in good spirits Wednesday afternoon, however.
Pit bulls are forbidden from being kept in Ottumwa city limits according to city code. The current disposition of the dog is unknown, but it did not appear the dog had been euthanized. The boy did not know the dog that attacked him, his mother told the Courier.
Police say they will likely issue a media release with further information and specific details Thursday, when they expect their preliminary investigation to be complete.