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Shelby Co. judge orders pit bull in attack on 3-year-old to be euthanized

Leanne Fox (Source: Shelby County Jail) Leanne Fox (Source: Shelby County Jail)
David Parks (Source: Shelby County Jail) David Parks (Source: Shelby County Jail)
SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

A Shelby County judge has ordered that the pit bull that attacked a Timpson couple's three-year-old son in late October be euthanized.

Shad Sparks, a spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff's office, said that a judge issued the order to put the dog down Thursday morning. Sparks said authorities believe the dog will be put down later Thursday.

The child's parents, Leanne Fox, 20, and David Parks, 27, both of Timpson, were arrested and charged with injury to a child.

In a previous East Texas News Story, Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell said the child was initially taken to a hospital in Carthage. The toddler was later air lifted to a Dallas hospital.

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

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

Fox was already under indictment in connection to her other child's drowning death.

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.

In a previous East Texas News story, Shari Pulliam, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, said “based on the significant family history of neglect leading to the death of one child and now the significant injury of the surviving child,” CPS requested and got temporary custody of the three-year-old boy.

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