A Texas dog owner is now on trial after his animal damaged a 3-year-old girl in a restaurant and the child suffered severe facial injuries that may require plastic surgery to repair.
Prison records show Jennifer Romano, 46, was admitted to Harris County Prison on Monday on charges of child injury and manipulation of evidence. The dog involved in the January incident – a Staffordshire bull terrier named “Kingston” – was recently euthanized by a court order, Fox26 Houston reported.
“He grabbed his face and shook it and I saw my baby hit the ground like a little rag doll,” said Cleveratta Gordon-Waldroup, the victim’s mother, Ronin at the station last month.
“No mother or parent needs to see their child in this situation,” he added.
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Gordon-Waldroup told Fox26 Houston that he, Ronin, and his best friend first entered the Loose Caboose restaurant in the spring on Jan. 9 and met a woman holding a dog on a leash wearing a service animal vest.
Witnesses said the dog then launched an unstarted attack on the child before Romano fled the scene, the Houston Chronicle wrote.
After the attack, Gordon-Waldroup says he rushed to the restaurant’s bathroom while his father, James Waldroup, chased Romano and Kingston, according to Fox26 Houston.
“And he turned and took off his mask to see his face and yelled at me that it was my daughter’s fault,” Waldroup told the station.
Ronin, who was taken to a local hospital, suffered deep cuts, stab wounds, and had to receive 14 stitches, the Houston Chronicle wrote. The newspaper reported, citing court records, that the child would have to undergo plastic surgery to repair facial injuries.
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In the indictments viewed by the Houston Chronicle, a detective from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office wrote that the dog accused of the attack had previously bitten two other people at various events and that Romano tried to hide the animal from police when they tried to seize their custody. it.
Perry Muras, the person in the video who entered the restaurant with Romano, told investigators he said the girl had “grazed” the dog before the attack, the Houston Chronicle also reported, citing court records.
He claimed Kingston bit himself a few years ago and repeated James Waldroup’s remarks about Romano that the girl was to blame for the case, writes the Houston Chronicle.
“Witness Muras said the defendant should have known that Kingston could be aggressive, even if not provoked,” the indictments say.
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Romano’s doctor had previously written a letter stating that he had generalized anxiety disorders and that service animals were helping him with the illness, but he did not mention Kingston by name, the Houston Chronicle also wrote.
Romano has been held on Tuesday on a $ 5,000 bond with injuries and a $ 2,500 bond on counterfeiting charges, prison records show.