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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  • by fair maiden Location: here on Feb 15, 2011 at 04:48 AM
    so i have read alot of comments on this post about the dogs. i hope that both children are doing alot better and i pray that all goes well with them. and with any dog they can all do that to anyone. i haven't personally been in that situation but with all dogs they can be nice to children especially if you raise the dog(s) up with the child. that includes pitbulls to. yes i do know they have issues when they're not around young children but think of it this way if you get a pitbull or any dog for that matter get it as a puppy so that it can grow up with kids and be used to all the rough tugging and such that kids do, but still make sure you explain to your child the right ways of caring and being nice to the pet, so they know that if they pull or tug on them the kids will know hey i shouldnt do that because that hurts them. so if you look at it you can prevent any type of dog or animal you get from hurting your children. and again i hope that the kids recover from this incident.
  • by eric here on Feb 11, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    Stuff happens, it not like he left her alone with the dog or anything like that. I wouldn’t trust a new dog of that size with my kid regardless of breed, but that’s just me. He didn’t do anything wrong, and I hope the girl recovers from it without too much long term scaring or damage. And I don’t think there r many people, of right state of mind, that would put anything or anyone before their kids.
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2011 at 11:03 PM
    My aunt had a full-blooded Boxer, male, not neutered, very aggressive toward anyone who came into her house. Whenever we came over, she had to put him outside! I was between 11-13, and was scared to death of him!!
  • by Allonna Location: Jacksonville on Feb 10, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    wow..... *RdoubleD*.. i'd have to say that your comment was really uncalled for, no one has a right to disrespect anyone by calling them a name for expressing a thought or opinion...
  • by RdoubleD on Feb 10, 2011 at 04:52 PM
    Idiot dog lovers putting dogs ahead of children again.
  • by Megan Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    It is all about how the dog was raised. I have a boxer and he is the most loving caring dog you will ever meet. As for those of you who believe they should be outside, that is your own opinion. They say a dog mouth is cleaner than a humans. I can bet money that my house does not smell like a dog and it is WAY cleaner than most people who don't even have pets. Don't always jump the gun and blame the dog. Take a look at how it was raised first. Yes, animals can just snap but typically there's more to the story I'm sure.
  • by ok here is a fact Location: gville on Feb 10, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    The dog has tasted human blood. What is next?
  • by Allonna Location: Jacksonville on Feb 10, 2011 at 11:39 AM
    okay... Considering that not one of you had owned the Boxer or Pitbull, what right have you to judge the animals at all? Animals all naturally have a wild nature to them, however some dogs may not have complete control over there actions, it could be a defect or a constant aggravation that the animal has had with children or a tramatic event that may have occured involving the animal and child. Dogs and any animal for that matter love people, and are kind DEPENDING on the way they are raised..... You have to think of the owners in this case, they probably feel horrible! they don't need to be blamed NOR the dogs because of the lack of detail. Please be considerate of the possibility that the owners read these comments..
  • by KnowTheFacts Location: Jville on Feb 9, 2011 at 05:28 PM
    Know the facts before commenting! I can say in the case of the Boxer this father puts his child before anything in his life. I do know this person and the situation. It was a freak accident. My prayers are for the little girl and her family. This is a nightmare to the family. The judgmental people making uncouth comments need not to comment. Unless they talk to the owner himself. Judge not lest you be judged.
  • by 45 on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    Diane you are right.Nothing has ever happened to me that was out of my control that I did not put on myself.
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