Woman Cited for Endangering Welfare of Children After Dog Bite Incident

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. — A woman has been cited for misdemeanor charges after allegedly leaving her children at home alone, resulting in one of them being bitten by a dog, according to a recent police report.

The incident occurred between 10 AM and noon on July 11 in Jonesboro. The report states that the 30-year-old woman left her 11, 9, and 5-year-old children unattended at home during that time. Unfortunately, one of the children suffered a dog bite, sustaining a puncture to the upper lip and a laceration to the lower lip.

The woman now faces a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a minor in the third degree. Under Arkansas law, this offense is committed when a person recklessly engages in conduct that creates a substantial risk of serious harm to the physical or mental welfare of a known minor.

If convicted, she could face a maximum punishment of 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.


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