Toddler attacked by pit bulls

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas toddler is in the hospital Tuesday night after four pit bull puppies attacked her. The mother of that little girl could face a charge of Endangering a Child for leaving the three-year-old alone with the dogs.

The attack happened at a home in the 1200 block of Fairway Drive in Longview. The girl is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"They found from their investigation that the child had been bitten several times over different parts of her body from her head to her toes," said Kevin Brownlee, with the Longview Police Department.

"It's a mother not watching her daughter situation," said Jennifer Howard, the dogs' owner. "That's the whole thing about it."

Howard lives at the home where the puppies were kept in a fence in the back yard.

"Animal Control found a drop of blood by the fence," said Howard.

Howard says she was in the house when the puppies attacked.

"Next thing I know, that's when the woman came in caring her daughter and she had marks all over her face and...I was concerned because the mark over her eye was already swelling," said Howard.

"The mother wasn't properly supervising the child when she went into the back yard," explained Brownlee. "I mean, there were four dogs there and some level of supervision should have conducted at that time."

Police say the girl suffered severe injuries to her head and face. A ball of the girl's hair and her little shoe still lays on the ground, where the puppies attacked her.

"I told police, 'That girl must have been provoking the dogs to have been bit so many times,'" said Howard. "The puppies were not vicious dogs at all. You know, I've got three older boys plus her (referring to her 13 month old baby) and they've never attacked her."

"At the end of the day, sometimes dogs can be unpredictable," said Brownlee.

All four pit bull puppies are in quarantine for 10 days. Police say because the pit bull owners had the dogs in a fence, they will not face any charges.

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