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Cumberland mother could face charges after dog bites boy

Posted October 26, 2015

— Cumberland County authorities are investigating whether to file criminal charges against a woman after her 6-year-old son was bitten by a pit bull mix over the weekend.

The boy was attacked at about 7 p.m. Saturday outside a home on Half Moon Circle, in the Eureka Springs community near Fort Bragg.

Lucas Rosser and his 8-year-old brother, Joshua, were outside playing, and the dog, which belongs to the boys' uncle, was in the yard as well, authorities said.

Mark Coggins, the children's great-grandfather, said Monday that the boys' mother went inside at one point, leaving them alone in the yard with the dog, which wasn't tied up.

"They're not scared of animals. It's just, out of the blue, the dog decided to attack them," Coggins said. "The dog started chasing them, and Joshua ran in the house, and Lucas couldn't outrun the dog."

Lucas was bitten on the arm and leg before his brother ran back outside to help and got the dog off of him, Coggins said.

The 6-year-old was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center and treated for nine puncture wounds. He also has started receiving a series of shots to prevent rabies since it was unclear whether the dog had been vaccinated, authorities said.

The dog is being held by Cumberland County Animal Control for 10 days to determine if it has rabies.

According to Animal Control, the uncle told the mother to be careful because the dog didn't like children. Authorities said the uncle also could face charges.


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  • Janet Scott Oct 27, 2015
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    The dog should not be euthanized and the uncle made to pay for the quarantine...whether he has the money or not.

  • Janni Cone Oct 27, 2015
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    Whole lot of ignorance here... Uncle for leaving the dog there, mother for letting him, and then mother again for allowing ANY interaction between the dog and the kids. And now, the kids suffer and the dog will be euthanized (as I highly doubt the uncle will pay quarantine charges for 4ish weeks) But really - a dog that is unpredictable should not be part of any family, I am sorry to say.

  • H.D. Derrington Oct 27, 2015
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    What sort of parent leaves ANY dog no matter the breed alone with children under 12 unsupervised. Some dogs don't like kids because kids don't understand their behavior can be a lot for dog. Sorry, but even if they charge the uncle and mother, which they should, the dog is the only one who will be punished.

  • Bobby Caudle Oct 27, 2015
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    there you have it, the uncle should have the dog running loose with children around!. if the mother knew the dog did not like children, charge her too