Online Scam Targets 4-Year-Old Victim Of Dog-Mauling

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 4-year-old Phoenix boy who is recovering from being brutally mauled by a pit bull in February has become the victim of an online scam.

Kevin Vicente has undergone a number of expensive surgeries since the attack. His family set up a Facebook page to update supporters on his condition and a YouCaring page to accept donations to pay his medical costs.

But Arizona news station 3TV discovered that someone stole Kevin's photos and story and set up another Facebook page. The account claims to be accepting donations for a boy named Adam Lewis and asks for donations at this YouCaring page.

So far the scammer, appears to have only taken $30.

"Kevin has been through enough," the attorney who defended the pit bull, John Schill, told "He’s a victim in this case. He doesn’t need to be victimized again."

Schill defended the pitbull, Mickey. The dog was taken in by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and will live out the rest of his days in prison.

"I hope that these pictures are investigated and whoever is behind it is prosecuted," Schill said.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says they are looking into whether they can investigate the Facebook fraud.

Schill also wants to install a 24-year camera in Mickey’s cell so his supporters can watch him online.

The family told My Fox Pheonix this week that they resent the outpouring of attention and donations the dog received.

"I feel bad that someone could support a dog more than a person. I'm never gonna believe or understand this," the boy's mother Flor Vicente said.

She quit her job to care for Kevin full-time.

"If it was [Sheriff Arpaio's] son who this happened to, I don't think he would be doing all this, because he doesn't know the pain that you feel when this happens to your kid. He doesn't see that he has scars, that he cries, that he doesn't know what to do," she said.

Sources:, My Fox Pheonix