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This kind of story really makes me think twice about forced sterilization.

http://www.ktbs.com/news/local/4877961.html

Whether it was a pit bull puppy or another animal that gnawed off a baby's toes is insignificant to proving the alleged negligence of the child's parents, a Bossier City police spokesman said Tuesday.

Mary Shannon Hansche, 22, and Christopher Wayne Hansche, 26, told Bossier City police they awoke Sunday morning to find their month-old daughter crying and her toes gnawed off.

Police believe the couple's six-week-old pit bull puppy did it -- although veterinarians have questioned whether a dog that small was capable. A ferret was also in the house but the couple said that animal was in a cage, police said.

The Hansches this afternoon were jailed under $50,000 bond each on misdemeanor charges of child desertion. They were scheduled to make their initial court appearances via closed-circuit Tuesday.

The child underwent surgery at Sutton Children's Hospital in Shreveport. Doctors could not reattach her toes, police said.

Officials at animal control said Tuesday they have received about 15 calls and half a dozen e-mails from people wanting to adopt the dog. Police Department spokesman Mark Natale said officials will meet after the 10-day quarantine period and decide whether the dog should be offered for adoption, euthanized or returned to its owners.

Police Department spokesman Mark Natale said police have concluded their investigation. He said they believe the puppy attacked the child, although the actions of the parents -- not the animal -- are the central part of the case.

Police said the Hansches have told several different stories about what happened. Natale said the couple is charged with child desertion for allegedly putting their baby in a dangerous situation.

Police said the couple told investigators they slept as the six-week-old puppy chewed off four of their month-old daughter's toes and did not wake up in time. The couple was asleep on a mattress on the living room floor and the baby was nearby in an child seat. They said they woke to the sound of their baby crying and took her to the hospital.

Police also seized a ferret in the house. The couple told investigators the ferret was in a cage, and police said they don't believe it attacked the child.

Natale said the negligence charges apply because the child was under the age of 10 and was exposed to a danger from which she could not protect herself.

Teresa Miller, who sold the puppy to the Hansches, was skeptical the dog did it.

"He didn't chew on anything while he was with me. Out of all of them (in the litter), he was the least chewy."

Local veterinarian Dr. Valri Brown said if the puppy chewed off the infant's toes, it would not have happened quickly.

"It would have to be a period of time -- maybe at least an hour," she said.

The child will be placed in a foster home when she is released from the hospital

They can afford a ferret and a dog, but not a crib for their baby. :angry:
 

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The dog should be put down. So should the parents.
 

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It's a 6-week old puppy...it wasn't an attack. As for the parents...yep!

From my understanding, though, once a dog tastes blood, it's not 'salvagable.'
 
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From my understanding, though, once a dog tastes blood, it's not 'salvagable.'

With it being a pit bull, you're probably right.

I would add that it would be appropriate to give the pup a shot at mom and dad before putting it down though.
 

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There has to be something more to this story... why the parents didnt wake up if the child was "nearby". As a mother of a new baby, you have an "instinct"... my daugther never cries for more than a couple minutes in the middle of the night before I'm awake and right beside her. Id be willing to bet there was some kind of substance abuse involved on the part of the parents.

In a related "child abuse" story... I dont know if this made national news or not.. but this makes me sick to my stomach.

Baby's injuries indicate 'ongoing pattern' of abuse

By KIRK SWAUGER
The Tribune-Democrat

SOMERSET — A Somerset man accused of brutally stun-gunning and breaking the leg of his 7-week-old daughter was escorted into a closed court Thursday as authorities began determining custody for the child.

Wearing a bright-orange prison jumpsuit, 21-year-old Brandon Alan Austill declined to comment as he was taken by a sheriffÂ’s deputy to the dependency hearing.

Judge David Klementik refused to allow The Tribune-Democrat to make a motion for the hearing – traditionally closed to the public – to be open based on a 3-year-old state Superior Court decision in a Westmoreland County case.

The hearing was postponed to allow Austill to get an attorney, a source close to the investigation said.

The child has been released from ChildrenÂ’s Hospital in Pittsburgh and is in foster care, authorities said.

Psychological experts and police consider the allegations against Austill among the most malicious theyÂ’ve ever seen.

“This is highly unusual,” said Somerset psychiatrist Dr. Glenn Kashurba.

“If you look at even some of the more sensational cases that result in a child’s death, they’re usually shaken baby syndrome by somebody who does it impulsively,” he said.

“What you’re describing is an ongoing pattern. That puts it out of the realm of what you normally see.”

Borough police said Austill has admitted to smashing the babyÂ’s head onto a bathroom sink and dining-room table, bending her leg over his shoulder until he heard it break, and twice using a handheld, Power-Mite electric prod on her.[/B]

Authorities said Austill conceded he treated the child improperly, adding he routinely could not get his daughter to stop crying.

The incidents reportedly happened between Sept. 11 – four days after the girl was born – and Oct. 31.

Austill and the childÂ’s mother, Briana Dawn Clark, took the child to Somerset Hospital on Halloween.

The infant had a broken left tibia, broke left ulna, broken left femur, facial injuries and two skull fractures, police sad in a criminal complaint. She later was transported to ChildrenÂ’s Hospital.

“You hear about a lot of cases where, for whatever reasons, parents snap and act out against the children,” borough police Chief Randy Cox said. “But they don’t seem to carry the malice that this case does.”

Medical records, police said, show the injuries were at various stages of healing and had occurred at separate times.

On Aug. 23, Austill was cited by the borough police with disorderly conduct for openly carrying a BB gun while walking on West Union Street.

He was fined $269.50.

Now, Austill is being housed in the county jail on $75,000 bond for eight counts each of child endangerment and reckless endangerment; six counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault; and two counts each of carrying a prohibited offensive weapon and possessing an instrument of crime.

Sitting on a bench outside the courtroom Thursday, Clark declined to comment.

On the door to Clark and Austill’s third-floor apartment at 800 E. Main St., a sign read, “Shoes off at the door.” A cartoonish Frankenstein proclaimed, “Trick or treat.”

Neighbors said they didnÂ’t know the family well, or were unwilling to talk.

In a 2003 case filed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Superior Court determined that a constitutional presumption of openness for court cases applies to juvenile proceedings.

But access may be denied, the court said, if the parties seeking closure demonstrate it serves a compelling government interest that cannot be achieved through less-restrictive measures. While authorities may argue they want to protect the identity of AustillÂ’s daughter, her name was included in the criminal complaint.

The Tribune-Democrat does not publish the identities of juvenile abuse victims.

 

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With it being a pit bull, you're probably right.

I would add that it would be appropriate to give the pup a shot at mom and dad before putting it down though.

:thumbs_up:
 

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There has to be something more to this story... why the parents didnt wake up if the child was "nearby". As a mother of a new baby, you have an "instinct"... my daugther never cries for more than a couple minutes in the middle of the night before I'm awake and right beside her. Id be willing to bet there was some kind of substance abuse involved on the part of the parents.

I think you're right.
 

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I think the baby was probably on smack and didn't feel it. Kids these days.
 

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Actually, the common wisdom that dogs have to be put down once they've 'tasted blood' is false, though the end result of the truth is usually the same. Dogs are no more vicious than their owners allow, but dogs who have attacked people can't be allowed to stay with their old owners and few people are willing to take them in. There have been cases of dog experts, such as Ceaser Milan, taming vicious pit bulls, but it takes a lot of work, and it's moderately dangerous, especially if you don't know what you're doing.
 

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There has to be something more to this story... why the parents didnt wake up if the child was "nearby". As a mother of a new baby, you have an "instinct"... my daugther never cries for more than a couple minutes in the middle of the night before I'm awake and right beside her. Id be willing to bet there was some kind of substance abuse involved on the part of the parents.

In a related "child abuse" story... I dont know if this made national news or not.. but this makes me sick to my stomach.

At least the kid's still alive. The worst is the parents that leave the kid in a hot car.
 

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At least the kid's still alive. The worst is the parents that leave the kid in a hot car.

And luckily she is young enough that she will probably not have any lasting effects from the attack. I was attacked by a dog when I was 1 1/2 and remember nothing of the incident. The shame of the matter is, the "accident" was caused by the parents' neglect, and I have no doubt that the child will ultimately be returned to the parents in question.

As a mother, I don't understand how one could, in good conscience, have their children around a pit bull to begin with. While I am a dog lover, that breed is just too unpredictable to trust around small children. I know a large portion of how a dog acts comes from how it was raised, but animals also get their temperament from their blood line, even if it is only a small portion.
 

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As a mother, I don't understand how one could, in good conscience, have their children around a pit bull to begin with. .....

The breed is not the problem- its the people who raise them. I knew a guy in Upstate New York that bred them and they were fine animals that I would want to have around my kids, as protection. He would not let me buy one because I had a cat. When I was a kid we had a German Shepard that wouldn't let anyone close to us kids.
 

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The breed is not the problem- its the people who raise them. I knew a guy in Upstate New York that bred them and they were fine animals that I would want to have around my kids, as protection. He would not let me buy one because I had a cat. When I was a kid we had a German Shepard that wouldn't let anyone close to us kids.

I disagree to a point. I think the breed IS a problem. No matter how you raise them, there is still something questionable. Why else would he not let you adopt one because of your cat?

When I was little I also had a Retriever mutt who protected me... there is a very big difference between a pet protecting your family and turning on your family.

I know there are probably many people who own pits that have never had a problem with them... I'm not suggesting ALL pit bulls are dangerous, I'm just suggesting that, as a breed, you have some live wires mixed in with the calm bunch, and I'm just not gonna take a gamble on which kind I get... especially with my children.
 

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I disagree to a point. I think the breed IS a problem. No matter how you raise them, there is still something questionable. Why else would he not let you adopt one because of your cat?
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It's all about instinct and breeding. Many dog breeds have an instict to hunt and kill smaller, furry animals. I have the same problem with my current dog, a Rat Terrier mix. She's great cleaning the yard of moles and such, but we've had her for 3 years and she still chases the cat. The only thing that keeps that cat alive is that there the dog is 19#, the cat is about 14#.

Dogs also have an instict to protect their owner's children.
 

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Dogs also have an instict to protect their owner's children.

... not chew their toes off.

I have a weiner dog... they were initially bred as a hunting dog. I always watch closely when my infant daughter is around my dog, just because that is my "job". As my dog isnt vicious, the baby could pull her tail, pinch her, etc., that would cause my dog to snap at the baby. It's my job as a parent to protect my daughter (and my dog actually) to keep this from happening.

To introduce a known aggressive breed of dog around an infant child and on top of it to not protect that child from that aggressive breed of dog is criminal. I hope these parents are prosecuted for child abuse AND have the dog removed from their care (and the child as well if it comes out there were contributing factors).
 

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IÂ’d never have a Pit Bull, much less a Pit Bull around kids. They are breed for aggression and will turn in a heartbeat.
 

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