Ja'riyah Jones: Three year old bitten by pit bull to be released from hospital this weekend

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Ja'riyah Jones, the 3-year-old girl bitten by a pit bull on Wednesday, is expected to be released from the hospital as early as this weekend, doctors at St. Mary's Medical Center said on Friday.

Jones was riding her scooter on a sidewalk near her home in Palm Beach Gardens when the dog bit her, Courtney Christon, Jones's mother said.

"I didn't know what happened. I thought she just fell outside," Christon said. "But then when my son told me, he was like, 'Mommy, she got bitten by a dog.'  And, I was looking around. And, I was like, 'What dog?' And then that is when they pointed across the street from us."

Jones was treated for lacerations on the left side of her face and on her lips, Dr. Teofilo Lama, a surgeon at St. Mary's Medical Center said.

The scars on her face were expected to be permanent, Lama said.

Cornelius Christon, Jones's grandfather, said he worried about the emotional toll the bite would have on her.
"She might be terrified of dogs," Christon said. "Even though I own a pit bull, I say the dog, now, he is fit to be gone as of today. I don't know how she's going to react to the dog. I hate to do it to him but he has got to leave my house now because of her."

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control cited Dale Byrd, the dog's owner, with four offenses including unlawful tethering of an animal, not having proof of a rabies vaccine, not having proof of a license tag and possession of an unsterilized animal.

The dog, Rusty, was placed on a 10-day quarantine.

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