SHELBY COUNTY, TEXAS (KETK) — The parents of an East Texas toddler have been arrested after their child was mauled by a dog.
According to Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell on Wednesday, October 22, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a call from East Texas Medical Center in Carthage, regarding a small child that had been bitten by a pit bull.
The child had been taken to the emergency room by a private vehicle.
An SCSO Investigator Kevin Windham arrived at the ER around 7:30 p.m., and found the victim was a 3-year-old boy from Timpson, and child had multiple injuries.
The toddler was life-flighted to Dallas Children’s Hospital where the parents identified as Leanne Fox, 20, and David Parks, 27, were arrested at the hospital on charges of injury to a child.
On Sunday, April 27, 2014, another child, thought to be a little over one-year-old, of Fox and Parks was found in the bathtub with the water running around 1:00 p.m., at a home on County Road 4694. The discovery was made when a neighbor knocked on the front door and awakened the parents, whom were taking a nap.
The mother first found the toddler, and the friend immediately began to perform CPR. During this time, neighbors called 911 for help. The child was rushed by ambulance to a Nacogdoches hospital, where the toddler was pronounced deceased.
In September, Fox was indicted for criminally negligent homicide in connection with her baby’s death.
The dog in question was picked up by authorities and placed in quarantine in accordance with state law. This incident is currently under criminal investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Investigator Chad Brown.