2 Timpson parents arrested after pit bull attacks child

Leanne Fox (Source: Dallas County Jail)
Leanne Fox (Source: Dallas County Jail)
David Parks (Source: Dallas County Jail)
David Parks (Source: Dallas County Jail)

SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Timpson mother already under indictment for one child's death faces new charges after her pit bull attacked her other child.

Leanne Fox, 20, and David Parks, 27, both of Timpson, are charged with injury to a child.

According to Sheriff Willis Blackwell, the three-year-old boy was taken to a Carthage hospital when investigators learned of the incident. The child was later air-lifted to a Dallas hospital.

Blackwell said Fox and Parks were asleep when the child got out of the house and the pit bull attacked him.

Blackwell said the parents were arrested on the charges on Friday at the Dallas hospital.

Fox was indicted in September following an investigation into her other child's drowning. According to a previous report, Fox and Parks woke up to their neighbor knocking on the door at their home on County road 4694. They then found the child in the tub with the faucets still running.

The parents told authorities they did not know how it happened because the child and their three-year-old sibling were asleep when they decided to take a nap.

The child died at a Nacogdoches hospital.

Fox was charged with criminally negligent homicide and injury to a child in that case. Parks was investigated in the same case but not charged.

Blackwell said the dog is being held and tested for rabies and other diseases for 10 days. They will then set up a hearing with the county judge to determine what to do next.

"Based on the significant family history of neglect leading to the death of one child and now the significant injury of the surviving child while in the parents' care, the Department is requesting temporary managing conservatorship of [the three-year-old boy] to assure his ongoing safety and protection," said Shari Pulliam, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services. "The parents have displayed an extreme lack of protective capacity in regard to their children, and diligent efforts have been made by the department to avoid removal of the child."

Pulliam said CPS has been granted custody of the child.

"He remains in the hospital at this time, but he is doing well," Pulliam said.

The previous child death case was investigated by CPS, and the three-year-old boy was allowed to remain in his father's custody, according to Pulliam. She added that there were protective family members in place to help Parks supervise the child.

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