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Mother of child mauled by family dog arrested
bangor daily news ^ | July 14, 2011

Posted on 07/14/2011 10:27:11 PM PDT by george76

FRANKFORT, Maine — The mother of a 7-month-old girl mauled to death by the family dog in April was arrested Wednesday night and charged in connection with the death.

Maine State Police Detective Adam Kelley arrested 29-year-old Katrina Mitchell at her home on Town Hill Road and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child. Mitchell was taken to Waldo County Jail and was being held in lieu of $1,060 bail.

The charge was filed after police consulted with the District Attorney’s Office.

Annabelle Mitchell was mauled to death on April 12 in the living room of her house by the family’s Rottweiler, Hannibal, while the mother slept on the couch, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Annabelle’s 2½-year-old brother also was in the home at the time.

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Waldo County District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said that endangering a child is defined as a reckless act which violates a duty of care or protection.

“What we’ll have to prove, if this goes to trial, is that her behavior was reckless,” he said. “There’s lots of things parents can do to end up in bad situations without the slightest guilt attached to it. I think that when the evidence comes out, it’ll be clear … that this was criminal conduct.”

Rushlau said he could not answer questions concerning details about the baby’s death until the affidavit becomes available to the public.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: animal; dangerous; doggieping; neglect; pitbull; pitbulls; rottweiler; worship
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1 posted on 07/14/2011 10:27:18 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

Stooooopidity is sometimes criminal. Fry her.


2 posted on 07/14/2011 10:31:55 PM PDT by umgud
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To: george76

Why would they arrest the dog?


3 posted on 07/14/2011 10:42:01 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: george76
Guilty!


4 posted on 07/14/2011 10:50:19 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: Two Kids' Dad
Guilty!

You think this is funny? She's obviously destroyed in that photo. The charges seem questionable to say the least, and she's in jail why? She's not a flight risk and doesn't even have a thousand dollars to get bailed out. This whole thing stinks to high heaven.

But you laugh.

Of such "little" things souls are weighed.

5 posted on 07/14/2011 11:00:34 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: george76
Unless there is a lot more to this story than the scant details they gave in the paper, I'm going to reserve judgment. For all we know, the 2.5 year old and baby were both napping, and an exhausted Mom finally sat down on the couch and dozed.

Since the dog had never been reported before, there doesn't seem to be any reason for the family to suspect that it would attack the child.

My baby girl used to fall asleep in her bouncy chair alongside me right there in the livingroom plenty of times. She wasn't on the floor, but the chair was just a few inches off of it. A large dog could easily snap her head and yank her out.

Just one of the reasons we didn't get a dog until my kids were all much older.

6 posted on 07/14/2011 11:05:05 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: george76
Unless there is a lot more to this story than the scant details they gave in the paper, I'm going to reserve judgment. For all we know, the 2.5 year old and baby were both napping, and an exhausted Mom finally sat down on the couch and dozed.

Since the dog had never been reported before, there doesn't seem to be any reason for the family to suspect that it would attack the child.

My baby girl used to fall asleep in her bouncy chair alongside me right there in the livingroom plenty of times. She wasn't on the floor, but the chair was just a few inches off of it. A large dog could easily snap her head and yank her out.

Just one of the reasons we didn't get a dog until my kids were all much older.

7 posted on 07/14/2011 11:05:21 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: TheWriterTX

You are correct and quite reasonable... be prepared to be flamed.


8 posted on 07/14/2011 11:08:05 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: george76

Not enough info in the article to determine why she was arrested. It seems to me that she’s being treated as guilty (of something?) until proven innocent.


9 posted on 07/14/2011 11:14:15 PM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: PGR88

Why would they arrest the dog?

Look at the pic. They did arrest the dog


10 posted on 07/14/2011 11:14:34 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Two Kids' Dad

She looks heartbroken in that pic.


11 posted on 07/14/2011 11:14:53 PM PDT by KarenMarie (NEVER believe anything coming out of DC until it's been denied.)
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To: Talisker

She should look upset for allowing an animal unfettered opportunity to kill her children. $1060 is excessive bail? If she couldn’t afford that, how does she afford to support two children and the upkeep of a very large dog? Yes this smells to high heaven that it took so long for her to be charged and arrested. You are right though, that it isn’t funny, and I too am guilty of making light of it


12 posted on 07/14/2011 11:21:41 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: TheWriterTX

Maine State Police Detective Adam Kelley arrested 29-year-old Katrina Mitchell at her home on Town Hill Road and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child.

I have no problem whatsoever with those charges.Yes, parents sometimes sneak a nap at the same time as young children.No problem there. The problem is she took a nap and left the defenseless child in a dangerous situation.I love my dog like a family member, and he’s gentle as can be, but he’ll never be left alone with a child


13 posted on 07/14/2011 11:29:46 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: antceecee

You are correct and quite reasonable... be prepared to be flamed.

You need flaming too. Nowhere did she say she fell asleep with a Rotweiler running loose in the house.Matter of fact, said she waited till the kids were older to get a dog for that reason.


14 posted on 07/14/2011 11:33:20 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: liberalh8ter

She was charged and arrested. That’s not treating someone as though they’re guilty.Guilt or innocence will be decided by a jury of her peers.The charge is neglect not murder.


15 posted on 07/14/2011 11:36:54 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment

Why didn’t the hullabaloo of the dog attack instantly wake Mom?


16 posted on 07/14/2011 11:37:01 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Figment

???? Crazy person.


17 posted on 07/14/2011 11:37:10 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Talisker

Did not find anything funny.

Did not laugh.

A responsible parent puts the well-being of the child as the #1 priority. She obviously didn’t prioritize correctly and the adorable baby was mauled to death as a result.

I reiterate: Guilty!

(Please note that I am neither a court of law nor a juror therein, so I do not need to presume the innocence of the mother.)


18 posted on 07/14/2011 11:37:56 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: Two Kids' Dad

Wow... no review of evidence, no trial... just guilty.... amazing!


19 posted on 07/14/2011 11:39:08 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: KarenMarie

I could not imagine how she must feel. Yes she looks heartbroken and ready to roll over and die.


20 posted on 07/14/2011 11:41:42 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Why didn’t the hullabaloo of the dog attack instantly wake Mom?

Good question. Better one would be, why wasn’t the dog outside or somewhere it didn’t have access to the children. It probably only took a split second for a dog of that type to kill a baby


21 posted on 07/14/2011 11:42:10 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: antceecee

I could not imagine how she must feel. Yes she looks heartbroken and ready to roll over and die.

Yes, she looks quite upset when being booked three months after her child died. She was probably upset in April when it happened too


22 posted on 07/14/2011 11:45:56 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment
She was in the same room but asleep on the couch. That's neglect? There was no mention that the dog had ever done anything before so barring that, wouldn't a formal investigation be warranted before an arrest? That's what I mean by guilty until proven innocent.
23 posted on 07/14/2011 11:48:23 PM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: liberalh8ter

She was in the same room but asleep on the couch. That’s neglect? There was no mention that the dog had ever done anything before so barring that, wouldn’t a formal investigation be warranted before an arrest? That’s what I mean by guilty until proven innocent.

Criminal defense attorneys love folks like you.The dogs past has no bearing on what happened. Perhaps it was just waiting for an opportunity.There was a three month investigation before charges and arrest.No one has tried and convicted anyone on this thread. They have stated opinions


24 posted on 07/14/2011 11:54:56 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment

When you lose a loved one there is no bottom to the depth of grief.


25 posted on 07/14/2011 11:58:27 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Figment

You ascribe human characteristics to a dog... lying in wait. Really? I think you have seen too many Disney movies.


26 posted on 07/14/2011 11:59:41 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Figment

ITA- sadly, parents are responsible even in the event of an “accident”. The dog had access to the baby without supervision, that never should have been allowed.

I am saddened for the mother. BUT. It seems like more and more parents are getting away with killing their children “accidentally”... leaving them in a hot car is an accident, etc. Just recently we had two different drownings of small children- one on a river where the parents took the baby tubing and supposedly the life vest came off, and another where the mother had her baby in a Bumbo seat in a wading pool and it tipped over. These were deemed “accidents” and the parents were not charged.


27 posted on 07/15/2011 12:01:22 AM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: george76

“The baby’s father, 32-year-old John Mitchell, asked a Waldo County deputy to shoot the Rottweiler to death, McCausland said.”

Quote from earlier article:http://bangordailynews.com/2011/04/13/news/frankfort-girl-7-months-mauled-to-death-by-family%E2%80%99s-rottweiler/


28 posted on 07/15/2011 12:09:12 AM PDT by ransomnote
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It is either a tragic accident or it is a KILLING... it cannot be both. Parents do not KILL their children ACCIDENTALLY. Prove neglect or go away. Prayers for this family.


29 posted on 07/15/2011 12:14:19 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: george76

Police in Tennessee do not arrest parents if family dog bites or mauls the kids...regardless if Rottie, Chow or Pug...whatever

They do file a report with animal control and the dog must be quarantined for 10 days...even in serious attacks they do not arrest the parents unless serious direct and collateral neglect is involved

In serious attacks the animal control folks will request euthanasia of pet

This case based simply on article would not result in charges here

That said...the poster who said don’t leave Brutus alone with toddler is right
Dogs are beasts...they can turn on you without warning and if its a big dog and the victim is a baby..it can be tough

Dogs for some reason can lash out at unsuspecting kids for no ready reason to ascertain even though otherwise a great dog

And of course some dogs give tells that they will bite almost anyone but alpha male master...or a strong female owner...so you know going in what’s up but I have seen great dogs just snap and nip or worse bite or moderate puncture wound attacks....never happened to me but I’ve seen my own dogs over my half century lash out....if their eyes black out and the get low and tense looking up then you better watch em...my advice...wonder I never got bit

Dogs can be unpredictable...you gotta watch the big boys


30 posted on 07/15/2011 12:30:41 AM PDT by wardaddy (Palin or Bachman..either with Marco....I'm often on a DroidX..in bed late...hence my spelling..sorry)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Why didn’t the hullabaloo of the dog attack instantly wake Mom?

Quite probably it did, but too late.

You may not be familiar with Rotties, but I am. They are unbelievably powerful, especially in their jaws and shoulders.

A seven month old child weighs perhaps 25 pounds.

A Rottie could kill a person of this size in a split second. Grab by the neck and shake.

31 posted on 07/15/2011 12:33:24 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Figment

A mature Rott could attack a baby with mom asleep in same room and it would be over in less time for mom to awake enough to even scream

I had a mature male Rottweiler in the 80s...on lead when attacked by a Great Dane killed the Dane in around 15 seconds on a sidewalk in upper Nyack....

That dog later saved the life of my girlfriend as she showered outside Gainesville Florida when a serial rapist killer got in her home....the dog nearly killed the man

However I woulda for sure watched that dog around kids but I had none then


32 posted on 07/15/2011 12:40:10 AM PDT by wardaddy (Palin or Bachman..either with Marco....I'm often on a DroidX..in bed late...hence my spelling..sorry)
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To: Figment
The dog's past would most certainly have bearing. Had the dog acted aggressively in the past and she knowingly exposed the child to it then that would be cause for a neglect charge.

Please show me where I stated that anyone on this thread tried and convicted her. My comment was directed toward the arresting police agency. I assume you're not a criminal defense attorney and you don't know the first thing about me so I'd say your assertion about them loving me is presumptuous, at best.

If you're looking for a fight, I'm really not interested.

33 posted on 07/15/2011 12:46:07 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: liberalh8ter

The dog’s past would most certainly have bearing. Had the dog acted aggressively in the past and she knowingly exposed the child to it then that would be cause for a neglect charge.

Yes it would have bearing in that scenario. In that case she should be charged with murder instead of neglect


34 posted on 07/15/2011 1:58:34 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: antceecee

You ascribe human characteristics to a dog... lying in wait. Really? I think you have seen too many Disney movies.

I do no such thing. Dogs are predators as are cats as are humans when you get down to it. If you think child neglect charges are too harsh, I hope you don’t have young children around under your care


35 posted on 07/15/2011 2:04:01 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: antceecee

When you lose a loved one there is no bottom to the depth of grief.

The woman is crying because she was arrested


36 posted on 07/15/2011 2:06:32 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: antceecee

It is either a tragic accident or it is a KILLING...

Not saying it was a killing but it was definitely no accident. Accidents are things like tripping while you’re carrying the baby and such.Going to sleep with a rottweiler in the house and two small children is asking for trouble. It was negligence on the part of the mother. Pets are wonderful and loving and all, but anyone who leaves a child alone with one is not a rational thinking person


37 posted on 07/15/2011 2:15:01 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: wardaddy

.even in serious attacks they do not arrest the parents unless serious direct and collateral neglect is involved.

Going to sleep with a large dog in the house fits this one


38 posted on 07/15/2011 2:17:55 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment

I guess I along with millions of Americans are negligent every single night we go to sleep with Fido in the house... you are such a loon.


39 posted on 07/15/2011 2:23:20 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: wardaddy

This attack just happened to be a Rottweiler. I’m not coming down against the breed at all. Just trying to make the point that it’s not a good idea to leave small children at the mercy of an animal


40 posted on 07/15/2011 2:24:08 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment

Indeed I hope you have NO ONE in YOUR care.. as you are a complete and total nutcase.


41 posted on 07/15/2011 2:24:47 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: liberalh8ter

Please show me where I stated that anyone on this thread tried and convicted her.

Thread #9. I’m not looking for a fight as it appears you are unarmed


42 posted on 07/15/2011 2:28:57 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment

Why don’t you just give it up? Your Disney-ish anthropomorphic visions in regard to animal behavior are so amateur and not worthy of consideration in this case. Why not wait to see what the state presents? I would love to hear your compelling commentary at that time. Until then you make absolutely no sense and actually border on trollish.


43 posted on 07/15/2011 2:33:33 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: antceecee

I guess I along with millions of Americans are negligent every single night we go to sleep with Fido in the house... you are such a loon.

Going to sleep with Fido in your house is no problem for anyone but you. Going to sleep with Fido watching your 7 month old and waking up with them dead is negligence.


44 posted on 07/15/2011 2:33:42 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment

Wow... compelling .. not.


45 posted on 07/15/2011 2:34:40 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: antceecee

Prayers for this family.


46 posted on 07/15/2011 2:35:42 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: antceecee

Indeed I hope you have NO ONE in YOUR care.. as you are a complete and total nutcase.

Oh, because I don’t ascribe human traits of kindness and consciece on a large animal, trust it enough to take a nap with my 7 month old. I’m a nutcase. I might be a nutcase but not on this issue. You on the other hand are a clueless idiot


47 posted on 07/15/2011 2:40:24 AM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: Figment

I just don’t know where to begin with you. Animals...large dogs, are used in memory care all over this country. You take a rare incident and wish to condemn any and all who trust their canine companion. You are the idiot. You need to realize that stuff happens and no one in life is immune to random incidents. Perhaps you should lock yourself in your home, encase yourself in plastic and antibacterial lotion as well! Surely if as a parent you don’t see to that you are neglectful. There is no telling why the pet...that had no prior incidents of aggressive behavior... decided to attack the child. No one.. not you, not that parent or I could know that. And just because one pet out of millions out there who live in homes all over this country, attacked this child.... does not mean that all those millions of wonderful family pets would do the same. Statistics are against you...Pray for this family for their loss and quit trying to find the boogieman.


48 posted on 07/15/2011 2:53:49 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: george76

I have a yorkie of 5 lbs, the cutest love of my life. I would not give him access to an infant and go to sleep. Even tho HE thinks he’s a person, he’s a dog. A dog even who idolizes children.

I certainly think she should not be in custody of a two year old child if she left the child at risk with a rottweiller. She’s going to have to live with this the rest of her life. I see no benefit to jail time and criminal charges, unless they have information regarding habitual ‘deliberate’ abuse or neglect of those children.

I also had a best friend who was my bosses rottweiller that shared my yard. I like to sit a lot on the porch, drinking my coffee and enjoying the garden or reading. She loved to get up in the swing with me and put her head in my lap. A couple of times during periods of sadness or distress she would put her head in my lap and cry with me. Pitiful little whines. And she would put herself in my lap and try to hug me around the waist. I also watched (out the window) her pounce on a coyote that decided to get in the yard and get our cotton-tail bunnies. It died within seconds. When I would watch the little cotton-tails, she would watch too and look at me almost smiling. She never touched my bunnies. Did I ever leave her alone with my yorkie? No.


49 posted on 07/15/2011 3:46:24 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Figment
Reread post #9 and explain how that comment addresses the posts on the thread (especially in light of the previous sentence dealing with the article). There are some really good reading comprehension programs you could benefit from. Perhaps you should look into one that would suit your financial needs.

As far as being unarmed, you couldn't even deliver a proper bi*tch slap.

50 posted on 07/15/2011 3:58:01 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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