Couple faces felony charge in dog attack on toddler

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GREENWOOD, Mo. — A Jackson County couple face felony charges after a dog attacked and seriously injured a toddler in their Greenwood home.

Prosecutors say that Brett William Cottrell, 42, and Shannon Cottrell, 39, have each been charged with Subsequent Dog Bites—Liability of Owner, a class-D felony, in connection to the attack on 17-month-old Isaiah Francis on July 25.

Isaiah Francis was attacked by a rescue dog in Greenwood, Mo on Friday. Courtesy: GoFundMe
Isaiah Francis was attacked by a rescue dog in Greenwood, Mo on Friday. Courtesy: GoFundMe

According to court records, the unidentified child was attacked by the Cottrell’s dog, Leo, inside the couple’s home on Elm Street in Greenwood. The child suffered a crushed jaw and over 60 puncture wounds in the attack.

Authorities say that Leo, described by neighbors as a “pit bull mix” had previously attacked and seriously injured a 17-year-old victim in Lee’s Summit in October 2014. Shannon Cottrell was issued a nuisance animal citation in that case, which she pleaded not guilty in Lee’s Summit Municipal Court. That case is still pending.

The dog, previously reported to be a rescue dog with a “rough” past, was euthanized last Sunday, authorities said. The child was hospitalized and listed in good condition last week.

Prosecutors have requested a bond of $30,000 or 10 percent for each defendant. If convicted, they could each face up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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