Young boy mauled by pit bull

Young boy mauled by pit bull
By: Arnold Wyrick
CARBONDALE, Ill. - It was supposed to be an afternoon of playing for a group of kids in Carbondale, on Sunday.  But it ended with 3-year-old David Turner's face being torn apart by a pit bull.

David and some other kids were playing outside a public housing unit on East Fisher street when the dog attacked. "I was scared.  I didn't know if his eyes were gone, his nose was gone, his lips I didn't know what happened.  I was just scared," says Asiatou Jallow, David's mother.

The dog wasn't even supposed to be at the housing complex, because people who live in the apartment units aren't allowed to have pets. "We as parents should for see things if we know there is a big animal around, and there are kids around.  That animal should have been kept away or locked up," says Esther Weaver, David's aunt.

Now David's future could be in jeopardy.  After receiving more than 50 stitches in his face to repair the damage done by the dog. "We were thinking about doing some modeling with him because he's very outgoing.  But, now all of that is going to be put to the side because of his face and the damage that dog did.  And his fears, he may have nightmares.  We really don't know how this is going to affect him in the long run," Weaver said.

Carbondale's Animal Control Officer Cindy Nelson, tells Heartland News that the animal has been placed under quarantine for the next 10 days for observation.  And no citations have been issued to the dog's owner, at this time.