Marine Dad Found Not Guilty In Dog Mauling Trial

An Onslow County jury has found a Marine father not guilty of child abuse in a dog mauling case.

Lance Corporal Brennan Listle was on trial after his 22-month-old son was mauled by their dog. Deputies say last February the 20-year-old Listle left his young son alone with a pit bull they had owned for about two weeks at their Horse Shoe Bend Road home in Onslow County. The child survived the attack after hospital stays in both Jacksonville and Greenville.

Jurors deliberated about two hours this afternoon before reaching their not guilty verdict.

After being found not guilty, Listle told WITN News that he feels vindicated. "It's good that it's finally resolved. I can go on, my wife can go on and our kids can go on, Listle said. We asked Listle what he would tell his son when he gets older. "If he asks I'm not going to lie to him about it. I'll tell him the truth about what happened."


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An Onslow County jury is deliberating the fate of a Camp Lejeune Marine, accused of child abuse after his young son was mauled by a pit bull.

Lance Corporal Brennan Listle is on trial after his 22-month-old son was mauled by their dog. Deputies say last February the 20-year-old Listle left his young son alone with a pit bull they had owned for about two weeks at their Horse Shoe Bend Road home in Onslow County. The child survived the attack after hospital stays in both Jacksonville and Greenville.

"I stated that I made a mistake, I have admitted I made a mistake," Listle told jurors from the witness stand today. "I did something wrong, I have to live with that...I have never neglected my child."

Listle says when getting the dog he asked the previous owner about its temperament and whether it had been around children. According to Listle, the owner said the 18-month old pit bull had not grown up around children, but did have brief interaction with them and had no problems.

Earlier his wife told jurors "Jack" was a good dog and she wasn't very concerned with him around their child, Junior. "We had a no tolerance policy with the dogs. Junior's safety was the most important." Tiffany Listle said she doesn't blame her husband for what happened. "I didn't really feel like it was his fault, it was an accident."

The defendant was the last person to testify in the two day trial. Jurors began deliberating around 3:25 p.m. If found guilty, Listle could up to 59 months in prison.


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A Camp Lejeune Marine says he found his young son face down after he was attacked by their pit bull. "He was in and out of consciousness," Brennan Listle told jurors. "He was calling me daddy."

The lance corporal is on trial for child abuse after his 22-month-old son was mauled by their dog. Deputies say last February the 20-year-old Listle left his young son alone with a pit bull they had owned for about two weeks at their Horse Shoe Bend Road home in Onslow County. The child survived the attack after hospital stays in both Jacksonville and Greenville.

The Marine says he covered his son's wounds while awaiting medical help to arrive. Listle says when getting the dog he asked the previous owner about its temperament and whether it had been around children. According to Listle, the owner said the 18-month old pit bull had not grown up around children, but did have brief interaction with them and had no problems.

Listle told jurors, "I took something for granted that I shouldn't have."

Earlier his wife told jurors "Jack" was a good dog and she wasn't very concerned with him around their child, Junior. "We had a no tolerance policy with the dogs. Junior's safety was the most important." Tiffany Listle said she doesn't blame her husband for what happened. "I didn't really feel like it was his fault, it was an accident."

If found guilty, the Marine could get between 13 to 59 months in prison.


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The wife of a Camp Lejeune Marine says they had a zero tolerance policy with their dogs.

Lance Corporal Brennan Listle is on trial for child abuse after his 22-month-old son was mauled by their pit bull last year. Deputies say last February the 21-year-old Listle left his young son alone with a pit bull they had owned for about two weeks at their Horse Shoe Bend Road home in Onslow County. The child survived the attack after hospital stays in both Jacksonville and Greenville.

On the stand Tiffany Listle said their pit bull "Jack" was a good dog and she wasn't very concerned with him around their child, Junior. "We had a no tolerance policy with the dogs. Junior's safety was the most important."

Prosecutors wrapped up their case this morning with testimony from a doctor at Onslow Memorial Hospital. Dr. Andreus Exposito said the child was lethargic, and even stunned when he was brought in. "That child was more injured than I typically see," the doctor told jurors.


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The judge in the case of a Camp Lejeune Marine charged with child abuse after his 22-month-old son was mauled by a pit bull last year, has dismissed one of the jurors hearing the case.

Juror #10 in the case against Brennan Listle was dismissed for attempting to discuss the case or voice an opinion about the case with another juror. She was replaced by an alternate. After talking about the situation with the other juror, #12, the judge decided to let her stay.

Dismissal of both jurors could have led to a mistrial because there was only one alternate.

Brennan Listle is charged with child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.



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A trial is underway for a Camp Lejeune Marine charged with child abuse after his 22-month-old son was mauled by a pit bull last year.

Brennan Listle is charged with child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Deputies say in February 2011, the 20-year-old Listle left his 22-month-old son alone with a pit bull they had owned for about two weeks at their Horse Shoe Bend Road home.

Deputies reported Listle checked on his son after about 10 minutes and found the child face down, unconscious, with the pit bull mauling him. The child was airlifted to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where he underwent surgery. The injuries included neck fractures to the cervical spine and severe skin injuries.

WITN has a camera in the courtroom and will bring you the latest.


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