No Charges In Toddler Boxer Attack

Authorities in Onslow County say they will bring no charges against a father after his daughter was attacked by the family dog.

The 23-month-old toddler received head and facial wounds when their boxer attacked the child inside their home.

The Sheriff's Office says after meeting with the District Attorney's Office, they say there is no evidence of any criminal act in the attack and no charges will be brought against the father.

The child was recuperating at home the next day while the dog was placed under quarantine by animal control officers.


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Two dogs that authorities say attacked two toddlers in the last week in Onslow County are now under quarantine while the investigations into those two separate incidents continue.

The 23-month old girl authorities say was attacked by the family boxer Monday night is back home with stitches. The dog however is not there any longer.

The boxer, as well as a pit bull involved in an attack last week on a 22-month old boy, are quarantined at the animal control shelter. Animal control officer Doug Howell says, all bites are investigated and depending on the situation or the circumstances the dog will need quarantined"

According to officials, the previous owner of the boxer told the current owner that the dog had shown aggression towards his child.

In the incident where the 22-month-old by was attacked, the boy's father, Camp Lejeune Marine Brennan Listle is charged after officials say he left his son in the backyard alone.

WITN tried to talk to the family of the little girl, but they declined. As for Listle, he has a court date later this week.

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For the second time in a week, deputies in Onslow County are investigating the attack of a toddler by a family pet.

The latest attack happened this afternoon on Walnut Drive, that's off Blue Creek Road outside of Jacksonville. Deputies say the 23-month-old girl was bitten by the family's boxer. They say the attack happened inside the home with the father nearby.

Sheriff Ed Brown says the girl has head and facial injuries. He says the dog's previous owner reported the animal had previously exhibited aggressive behavior toward toddlers. The present owner has had the dog for about a month.

Last Friday deputies charged a Camp Lejeune Marine after they say he left his young 22-month-old son in the backyard alone and the boy was mauled by the family's pit bull.


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