Jena Marie Wright, 24, of Prairie City, Iowa, has been arrested and charged with child endangerment causing bodily injury, a Class B felony with a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, after the babysitter’s dog mauled a 4 year-old child to death.
On Monday, April 22, 4 year-old Jordyn Arndt was playing with her brother while being watched by Wright. When Wright left the little girl alone with Wright’s American Staffordshire Terrier, the dog inexplicably attacked the child. After a fairly prolonged dog attack, the girl sustained mortal injuries to her head and neck. The child’s mother said that the girl “fought so hard” and that “she will be missed” by her family.
The dog was quarantined at a veterinary hospital in Newton, Iowa, pending an investigation. Jena Wright and the dog’s owner, Harmon Wesley Wright III, were told that the dog will not be allowed within the city limits of Prairie City.
On Tuesday, April 23, Jena Wright was arrested by Prairie City police on felony charges of child endangerment and neglect or abandonment of a dependent person. The two charges carry a combined possible 35 years in prison.
Prairie City Police are continuing to investigate the tragic dog bite wrongful death incident, and have refused to comment on the details of the dog’s behavioral history and past owners, citing a criminal investigation.
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