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14-month-old girl injured in attack by family dog

Police and medics were called to a home in the 1400 block of Rosehill Road Oct. 5 after a 14-month-old girl was bitten by the family dog.

The reporting officer said medics were already on the scene when he arrived at 11:32 a.m. The mother said she had been sitting on the couch reading the paper when her daughter walked over to the dog as it lay sleeping.

The woman said the baby must have fallen or lay down on the animal.

The dog is a 3-year-old mixed breed. The mother said when she heard the dog attack, she ran to her daughter's aid and called medics.

"I observed the 14-month-old's injuries to be a bleeding puncture wound on the right side of her face approximately an inch from her eye," the officer wrote in the report. "She also had obvious small scratches on her face and a large scratch that went from the left side of her head, above her left eye, on her forehead."

The officer said he took photos of the child's injuries and of the dog.

He said the mother told him the dog's shots were current two years ago but that it is not licensed. He said the woman drove her daughter to Nationwide Children's Hospital to have doctors further check her injuries. He said the report was sent to Franklin County Public Health.

In other recent incident reports from the Reynoldsburg Police Department:

* Officers are investigating several reports of thefts from or damage to vehicles that occurred during the morning of Oct. 5 on Nimes Court, Nice Court and Bordeaux Court.

Police responded to a report at 8:57 a.m. Oct. 5 in the 6800 block of Nimes Court, where a woman said she found the front driver's side window of her car had been smashed. She said a Panasonic computer tablet and a package of 10 CDs were taken.

In the same block at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 5, a woman said someone broke into her car and stole a Pioneer car stereo and four car stereo speakers.

On the same day at 11:43 a.m. in the 6700 block of Nice Court, a woman reported someone got into her 1991 Chevrolet van by breaking the driver's side vent window. She said her cellphone and the floor jack were missing.

At 12:37 a.m. also on Oct. 5, a woman reported someone stripped the ignition on her 2001 Dodge van while it was parked in the 6700 block of Bordeaux Court.

Officers investigated all the incidents that day and found three car stereos, two screwdrivers, a hammer and an emergency roadside kit at the southwest corner of Bordeaux Court and South Paris Place.

The reporting officer said the car stereos had dash molding attached and they appeared to have been removed by force.

He said an unlocked 1993 Dodge pickup truck was parked nearby and there were four car stereo speakers in boxes in the bed of the truck.

The officer traced the registration tags to find the owner of the truck and learned it had been reported stolen in Columbus.

* Officers were dispatched to a group home Oct. 4 in the 2100 block of Baldwin Road to assist medics called after a fight between two juveniles.

The reporting officer said two residents of the home got involved in an argument that escalated into a fight. One of the boys received a severe laceration to his left arm when the front window of the residence was broken.

According to police reports, both boys are wards of the state and the staff at the group home is prohibited from intervening during a fight. The injured boy was transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital for treatment, according to the report.

* Officers were called to an adjacent group home at 2:05 p.m. Oct. 6 in the 2100 block of Baldwin Road. They arrested a boy on juvenile charges of criminal damaging after employees said he "started destroying everything inside the residence" after he was slapped by a housemate. The reporting officer said the boy smashed a television, a couch and a bed and broke out the rear window of the group home's van with a chair.

* A man reported his 2002 Volkswagen Passat station wagon stolen Oct. 5 from where it was parked in the 6700 block of Bordeaux Court. He told police he started the car but ran into his apartment to get his glasses, leaving the car still running. When he came out, he saw the car back up then head toward Rosehill Road, according to the report.

The driver who took the vehicle was described as a white male, with long hair to his ears, wearing a shirt with a red stripe on the sleeve. The owner of the car said his wallet was in the vehicle, as was his laptop computer, valued at $700.

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