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Shelby Co. grand jury indicts 3 people in connection to pit bull attack on toddler

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

A Shelby County grand jury indicted three people in connection to an October 2014 incident in which a pit bull attacked and seriously injured a 3-year-old boy.

One of the people indicted has also been indicted on a criminally negligent homicide charge in connection to allegations that her other child, a toddler, drowned in a bathtub after the woman left the child unsupervised.

Leanne Jeanette Fox and David Aaron Parks were each indicted on a first-degree felony injury to a child charge for “failing to supervise and protect the child, therefore allowing the child to be seriously injured as a result of being attacked by a dog.” Each person’s bail amount was set at $50,000.

The grand jury also indicted Thomas Chase Lee for third-degree felony tampering with evidence. The indictment alleges that during the investigation into the pit bill attack on Fox’s the-3-year-old son, he hid the tan and white pit bull that had involved in the child’s mauling. Lee’s bail amount was set at $5,000.

Fox and Parks have since been arrested and booked into the Shelby County Jail. However, Lee hasn’t been arrested yet.

Following the attack, the then-3-year-old was taken to a Carthage hospital, where investigators learned of the incident. The little boy was later airlifted to a Dallas hospital. Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell said Fox and Parks were asleep when the child got out of the house and was attacked by the pit bull.

Fox was indicted in September, 2014, following an investigation into her other child's drowning. According to court records, she hasn't been sentenced yet in regard to that case.

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.

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 while in the parents' care,” the state agency was granted custody of Fox’s son.

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