Boise Man Arrested After Pit Bull Severely Injures Child

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By Paul Johnson

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Police in Boise say a pit bull severely injured a six year old boy which has led to the arrest of a Boise man. On March 27, rescue workers from the Boise Fire department and the Ada county Paramedics were called to a parking lot in the 1300 block of South Broadway Avenue where a reported dog mauling had occurred. Officers found a six year old boy had just been transported to a nearby hospital with severe facial injuries. Witnesses reported a pit bull-type dog had attacked the boy after both were left inside the suspect's van. Two other children between the ages of 9 and 11 were also inside the van at the time the attack occurred. They were not injured. The suspect was reportedly inside the business and had left the children alone with the dog when the attack occurred.
Authorities identified the owner of the dog as Christopher A. Anderson, 24 of Boise. At the time of the attack, the children were being cared for by Anderson who is an acquaintance of a parent of the children.
Immediately after the attack, officers were told the dog was running loose in the neighborhood. Officers set up a perimeter and working with Animal Control, began searching for the dog. The dog was later found and officers learned the suspect had, immediately after the attack, taken the dog and placed it in the backyard of an acquaintance who lives nearby.
The dog, a pit bull approximately 4 - 5 years old, was immediately placed and remains in the custody of Animal Control at the Idaho Humane Society.
During their investigation, officers found evidence the suspect had knowledge the dog was aggressive and had behaved in a violent manner in the past. Also during the investigation, detectives with the Boise Police Special Victims Unit discovered other cases of injury to a child involving the suspect and the victims, which led to the additional counts.
Following the attack, fearing the children would be in continued danger in their current living situation, detectives placed the children into the protective custody of Idaho Health and Welfare.
After a detailed and lengthy investigation, officers reports were forwarded to prosecutors for review. A warrant was issued for the suspect's arrest July 2. Boise Police officers located the suspect at a motel near the Boise Airport Saturday, July 5. Anderson was charged with five counts of injury to a child and resisting and obstructing officers.

Anderson was arraigned Monday where bond was set at $500,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for July 18.


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