Mother investigated after puppy chews baby's finger off

3:11 PM, Mar 14, 2012   |    comments
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NEWPORT, Ohio (WTAP) - A 6-week old baby is recovering after the family pet bit off his finger.

Now his mother is facing a child neglect investigation.

"I did not neglect my child. I was there with him. He was asleep. I was asleep. He did not cry. And I will repeatedly say that. He did not cry, or would have heard him," says mother Jena Stewart.

Stewart was asleep near her youngest son and woke up to find his left pinkie finger was bitten off.

Stewart says baby Bryar is recovering, but doctors couldn't reattach his pinkie finger.

"He is going to be able to do everything else my 3-year-old does. He's going to be able to play sports, and he's not going to notice it. He's not even going to know a difference until he's older and someone says something to him," says Stewart.

She says it was a freak accident.

The puppy responsible for the bite was her 3-year-old son's.

They'd only had it a week.

Now she says she will never allow her kids to have pets again.

"I have to live with this for the rest of my life. I have to be the one to look at my son and tell him what happened and his mommy couldn't protect him because I was asleep. That's what I want everyone to realize. That you can pass all these harsh judgments on me and you guys are entitled to your opinions yes, but I am not a bad mom," says Stewart.

Child protective services is investigating child neglect charges.

Right now Stewart is not allowed to be alone with Bryar.

She says investigators told her they hope to make a decision within the next week.

"I'll do anything. I have to. I won't let my boys go," she says.


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