Owner of euthanized dog that twice attacked children arrested in Lee’s Summit


Shannon Cottrell, arrested on a municipal ordinance and bond revoked related to the Oct 14 attack by her dog on a teenager in Lee’s Summit.

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The owner of the boxer-pit bull mix dog that attacked a toddler on Saturday, July 25 and attacked a teenager in October 2014, was arrested Tuesday related to the October 2014 incident.

The dog, named Leo, was euthanized after Saturday’s attack on the baby baby that crushed the baby’s jaw and left many puncture wounds in his face. Leo’s owner, Shannon Cottrell was arrested Tuesday night related to the October 2014 case, in which she was written a nuisance animal ticket at that time. When information was presented to the prosecutor that Cottrell had relocated the dog to Greenwood and failed to notify Lee’s Summit Animal Control as required by the dangerous dog ordinance, the judge revoked her bond on the pending charge and issued a new warrant.

She was given a $3,000 cash-only bond.

According to a Greenwood Police Department, police were called to the home Saturday to help get the child to the hospital as quickly as possible; they did not wait for paramedics.

Isaiah was attacked Saturday in Greenwood, Mo. by a pitbull-boxer mix dog that had attacked before.
Isaiah was attacked Saturday in Greenwood, Mo. by a pitbull-boxer mix dog that had attacked before.

The GoFundMe page set up to help the child’s family pay his medical expenses, says the child underwent surgery over the weekend after his jaw was crushed, and he suffered more than 60 puncture wounds from the attack.

The dog was a rescue dog with a rough past and did not handle stressful situations well, which is what led to the attack on Isaiah Francis, who was apparently visiting the home where the dog lived.

“She was literally screaming, ‘My baby, my baby is bleeding. Help, my baby, my baby,’…It was horrible,” neighbor Michna Livingston said. The GoFundMe page says the child’s scalp was ripped from his head and that the mother was covered in his blood.

The GoFundMe page says the dog was not in the house when Isaiah arrived with his mother to visit the family that lived there, but minutes later an older child let in Leo.  The dog quickly attacked.

Police said they were led to believe someone in the home removed the dog from the home after the attack, taking it to an unknown location, and then returning without the dog. The location of the dog was withheld from police. The possible charges could be for concealing evidence and assault.

On Tuesday, seventeen-month-old Isaiah was listed in good condition.

This, however, is the second traumatic event in his short life of 17-months.

FOX 4’s Robert Townsend learned that when Isaiah Francis was seven-months old, his mom took him to the hospital because his head started swelling. According to court documents, he was suffering from two skull fractures with bleeding on the brain.  Grandview Police arrested his babysitter, Angela Waln, 28, shortly thereafter in September 2014 and prosecutors charged her with child abuse. She was due to be in court on those charges this week, but the prosecution requested a delay in that proceeding.

The GoFundMe page set up to help the child’s family pay his medical expenses had collected more than $2,300 of the $5,000 goal on Wednesday.


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