Aug 10, 2010

Update on 5 year old from Bush

This is an update to my recent blog post --

BUSH — The 5-year-old victim of a dog attack Friday in Bush was taken off a ventilator when he came out of a coma at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center of St. Louis and had his breathing and eating tubes removed also, said Hurst Police Chief Ron Harvel on Monday about Winston Bankston.

“He is still in ICU (intensive care unit) and they are still watching him. But, he’s doing real well,” Harvel said about the little boy’s condition.

Two dogs mauled Bankston in Bush Village Park in the late morning as he and his 9-year-old brother were playing.

His mother, Regina Culpepper, suffered injuries to her legs as she rescued her son. A Bush city worker, Lester Taylor, drove the dogs away by honking and screaming from his truck as Culpepper and Bankston reached shelter at Bush Village Hall.

Harvel arrived at the scene and shot and killed one dog and wounded another. The dogs were identified as pitbull mix breeds and not up to date on their vaccinations. The wounded dog was euthanized at its owner’s request.

Harvel said he has removed himself from the case investigation because he was directly involved with the incident, having had to shoot to death one of the attacking dogs.

The city of Hurst acts as a first responder to emergency calls from Bush.

Williamson County Sheriff’s office is continuing a case investigation, he said.

It is good to see the child is doing better, but still has a long way to go. The temerity of Pit Bull owners continue to hurt innocent people.

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