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Pit Bull Attack on Juvenile in California Leads to Felony Charges Against Owner Cheryl Morrow

| by Denise A Justin
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Felony charges were filed by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, May 21, against Cheryl Morrow of Barstow, California, as a result of a bizarre series of events on Sunday night, including an alleged attack by one of her four Pit Bulls on a juvenile at Barstow Junior High School, the Desert Dispatch reports.

Morrow, 51, faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and owning a mischievous animal which causes great bodily injury, according to court records. She did not enter a plea during her arraignment.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Barstow Police Department received a call that a dog bite had occurred at Barstow Junior High, Lieutenant Mike Hunter told the Daily Press. The caller stated that the victim had been bitten in his right thigh area. Cheryl Morrow was at the location and reportedly tried to load all four of her Pit Bulls in her vehicle and drive away.

However, the victim of the attack yelled for another person nearby who was riding a bicycle, Lt. Hunter said, and the Good Samaritan threw his bicycle under the rear driver-side tire of the suspect’s vehicle to try to prevent her from leaving until police arrived.

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The bicyclist then attempted to take a picture of Morrow’s license plate with his cell phone, and Morrow nearly hit him as she sped off, according to Lt. Hunter. Morrow was arrested at 10:25 p.m. in the 600 block of Elm Street and was jailed at the San Bernardino County Barstow jail.

The Barstow Human Society responded to pick up the dogs and confirmed they were Pit Bulls, according to the report.

The victim was treated at Barstow Community Hospital for the dog bite to his right thigh area and was released, Lt. Hunter stated.

Barstow Police report that about 20 minutes before the incident, police received a call that three pit bulls attacked another dog at the same location, according to Hunter. It’s unclear if the two incidents were related or what resulted from the earlier call, according to the Daily Press.

The dog responsible for the attack is impounded at the Barstow Humane Society and under a 10-day quarantine and observation period at the facility, Animal Control Officer Chris Schreiner confirmed.

Morrow is separately scheduled to appear in court on Thursday for a probation hearing after the court found she violated a drug treatment program for the second time in March, according to court records. That case stems from a 2010 conviction for possession of a controlled substance, for which she was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 24 days in jail with 12 days credited for time served, court records show.

Cheryl Morrow remains in custody at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to the Desert Dispatch.

Sources: Desert Dispatch, VD Daily Press