Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-197

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 5, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Child Bitten By A Pit Bull

    The victim received a severe laceration to her face.
    • Monday
    • June 4, 2012
    • Time: 2:58 PM
    • 8015 Tommy Court
    • Palm River, Florida


    Destiny McKenzie
    DOB: 9/12/2008
    3010 Tommy Court
    Palm River, Florida

    Child’s Mother:

    Akesha Williams
    DOB: 10/01/1984
    8010 Tommy Court
    Palm River, Florida

    Dog Owner (Pit Bull Mix):

    Tanya Okeke
    DOB: 7/13/1970
    8015 Tommy Court
    Palm River, Florida


    On June 4, 2012 at approximately 2:58 p.m., at 8015 Tommy Court in Palm River, a child was severely bitten in the face by a pit bull. According to deputies, the owner of the pit bull had tied the dog up to a hand rail near her apartment and was preparing to give the dog a bath.

    Apparently the victim was playing outside near the dog with other small children when she fell within the dogs reach.
    The dog for unknown reasons broke from the owners control and bit the child on the face and would not let go until the owner struck the dog on the head with her fist.

    The victim received a severe laceration to her face and is receiving emergency treatment at Tampa General Hospital, where she is listed in serious condition.

    Hillsborough County Animal Control has seized the pit bull. The balance of the investigation will be turned over to investigators with Hillsborough Animal Control.
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