MOUNT VERNON — Reports on the case of a three-year-old girl being bitten in the face by a neighbor’s dog, plus a related case involving a scuffle between the dog owner and the grandfather of the girl, are in the hands of the county prosecutor and city law director, respectively.
Rylenn Smith, 3, daughter of Amanda Geiger, was taken to Knox Community Hospital, then to Children’s Hospital and received multiple stitches after being bitten June 6 by a pit bull owned by Chad E. Creech, 40, of 101 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon.
The deputy’s report in the case says that, according to Creech, Rylenn was playing with children that live in the building when she “came down the stairs to where the pit bull was.”
However, both Creech and Rylenn’s mother, Amanda Geiger, disagree with that, saying the bite took place inside the home, although details of the circumstances vary. Rylenn’s mother said she was just walking past the dog when it bit, while Creech said she was interacting with the dog.
Police arrived at the fight scene on June 7 after the scuffle concluded. Both parties claimed the other started the incident.
County Prosecutor John Thatcher acknowledged that the reports on the dog bite from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control and the Knox County Health Department are being reviewed by his office.
He said the owner of the dog has been notified about the possibility of the dog being declared vicious or a nuisance, and the possibility of a citation for allowing the dogs to run at large.
If the dog is declared vicious, the owner can appeal the designation. Any hearing concerning such a designation would be held in Municipal Court.
Assistant Law Director Rob Broeren would not acknowledge that the case was being reviewed for possible charges related to the confrontation between Geiger and Creech.
“Our policy is not to comment on any case we may or may not be reviewing,” he said.
The Mount Vernon Police officers who were called to the scene of the June 7 scuffle when a deputy was not available (it occurred outside the city limits), concluded the report with: “All subjects wanted the others charged. They were all advised a report would be completed and forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for review for possible charges.”
Since the possible charge listed on the report — disorderly conduct — is a misdemeanor, it would be handled by the city Law Director’s Office.
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