A 5-year-old Missouri boy had his cheek ripped off by a family dog after it brutally attacked him while he was watching Disney. According to the Daily Mail, Brantley Manion was settled down to watch a movie in his bedroom when the family’s dog, a Mountain Cur English pointer cross, jumped on him. His mother, Amanda, said she was sitting in the living room with her fiancé when they heard the child’s screams.
The couple ran upstairs and found the dog viciously attacking the boy. The family said they’ve had the dog since she was just nine weeks old and had never previously been aggressive. But, they suspect the 3-year-old dog turned on Brantley when he tried to pet her while she was eating a steak. The dog has since been euthanized.
Horrifying photos show Brantley with deep cuts to the right side of his face. His mother said his cheek was torn and she could see teeth. He has been unable to smile due to torn ligaments that have caused facial paralysis. Brantley has undergone one surgery and needs a further one to stitch up torn ligaments in his mouth and fix his smile.
He will need more surgery. His family says Brantley’s mouth was completely torn in half. So they need to reconnect the corners of his mouth. The family also says the cost of the surgeries is overwhelming and that they need to “catch up on payments” for the first surgery before he has another. They have created a GoFundMe to help pay for Brantley’s medical expenses.
Dog Bites and Children
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dogs bite about 4.5 million people each year. Almost one in five of those who are bitten require medical attention for the dog bite-related injuries and half of these are children. Among children, the rate of dog bite-related injuries are highest for those ages 5 to 9 years. Children are also more likely than adults to receive medical attention for dog bites.
California’s strict liability statute provides that injured victims can seek compensation from the dog owner for their injuries, damages and losses. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injuries and disfigurement, cosmetic surgery, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Injured victims or their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced California dog bite lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the dog owner is held liable. In some cases, the owner of the property where the incident took place can also be held liable.