Christopher Anderson, 24, of Boise faces five counts of felony injury to a child charge in connection with his dogs attack on a 6-year-old boy in March, Boise police announced Tuesday evening.
Boise police were called to a parking lot on the 1300 block of South Broadway Avenue March 27 to assist Boise firefighters and Ada County Paramedics who were already on the scene of a reported dog mauling. Officers found a 6- year-old boy had been transported to a nearby hospital with severe facial injuries.
Witnesses reported a pit bull-type dog had attacked the boy after both were left inside Andersons van. Two other children between the ages of 9 and 11 were also inside the van, but they were not injured. Anderson was a close acquaintance of the childrens parent, police said.
Anderson was reportedly inside the business and had left the children alone with the dog, police said. Investigators determined Anderson knew the dog was aggressive and had been violent, and other incidents of injury to children led to additional felony counts, police said. He also faces a charge of resisting and obstructing officers.
After a lengthy investigation, police arrested Anderson at a motel near the Boise Airport this past Saturday. Anderson was arraigned Monday and remains in the Ada County Jail on $500,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for July 18.
The children were placed in protective custody with Idaho Health and Welfare, police said, and the dog remains in the custody of animal control.