A four-year-old girl from Prairie City, Iowa died late last month from injuries she sustained when she was attacked by her babysitter’s dog. According to police, Jordyn Arndt was attacked by an American Staffordshire Terrier named Brutus at about 2 p.m. on April 22, after which she was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des …
A four-year-old girl from Prairie City, Iowa died late last month from injuries she sustained when she was attacked by her babysitter’s dog. According to police, Jordyn Arndt was attacked by an American Staffordshire Terrier named Brutus at about 2 p.m. on April 22, after which she was airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. The following morning, the four-year-old girl tragically succumbed to her dog bite injuries and died. If you have suffered injuries in a dog bite accident in Oklahoma, your first course of action after seeking medical care should be to contact our reputable attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center. Our lawyers have extensive experience protecting the legal rights of dog bite victims throughout Oklahoma, and will work diligently to help you pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Dangerous Pit Bull Involved in Fatal Attack
According to police, 24-year-old Jena Marie Wright was babysitting Jordyn and her brother when the fatal dog attack occurred. Jordyn was attacked by Wright’s American Staffordshire Terrier, which is another name for an American pit bull. The American Kennel Club describes American Staffordshire Terriers as “courageous and strong,” and says the breed is “loyal to his family and will protect them from any threat.” The pit bull involved in the attack, which is now considered a dangerous animal, is in quarantine at a veterinary clinic in Newton, and is not allowed to be harbored within the city limits.
Dog Bite Accident Investigated by Authorities
The morning that Jordyn died, Wright was arrested and charged with child endangerment, a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The babysitter will also be charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $1,000 to $10,000 in fines. The Prairie City police chief declined to comment whether authorities have had previous complaints about the dangerous dog or its owners, citing an ongoing criminal investigation. The dog attack could also be reviewed by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), which performs a child abuse assessment in cases where children receive injuries that appear to be preventable.
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According to dog bite statistics, there were 31 fatal dog attacks in the United States in 2011, and pit bulls, which make up less than 5% of the U.S. dog population, were involved in 71% of the attacks. The last fatal dog attack involving a child in Iowa took place in March 2011, when 3-year-old Vanessa Husmann was attacked in her back yard by two Rottweilers that had escaped from their kennel. If you or your child has been injured in a dog bite accident in Oklahoma, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal dog attack, consult our qualified lawyers at Oklahoma Legal Center to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries and medical expenses, which you can pursue by filing a lawsuit against the owner of the dangerous dog.