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Parent arrested after dog attacks foster care worker

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Posted: Mar 23, 2010 4:47 PM by Brett Troxler
Updated: Mar 23, 2010 4:48 PM
Source: Department of Social Services

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Topics: dog attack, foster care, worker, arrest, Department of Social Services, Ouachita Parish, West Monroe

Louisiana Department of Social Services secretary Kristy Nichols said Tuesday that the parent of a foster child was arrested following an incident in Ouachita Parish on Monday.

Nichols said a foster care worker sustained multiple injuries after being attacked by a dog during a visit to the parent's home.

According to police reports, a dog chained in the yard was barking as the worker approached a home of a West Monroe family at approximately 3 p.m. Monday.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Daphne Bailey approached the dog and allegedly unleashed the animal. After it was unleashed, the dog attacked the worker.

According to the West Monroe Police Department, Bailey was charged with aggravated battery and currently is being held on a $10,000 bond in the Ouachita Correctional Center.

The foster care worker sustained four bites, three of which required stitches. After she was able to free herself from the dog's attack, a second resident of the home restrained the dog.

The foster care worker was treated for her injuries at a local hospital and released.

The dog involved in the attack will be tested for rabies and kept under quarantine for 10 days by Ouachita Parish Animal Control.

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