A seven year old child from Callaway remains in critical but stable condition after being mauled by a bulldog Thursday afternoon, and while family members continue to pray for his recovery, the bulldog's owner faces additional charges.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office announced they are charging 21-year-old Edward Daniels with tampering with evidence. Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division believe that Daniels washed blood off the face and paws of his dog when he realized the dog was involved in an attack.
Wednesday afternoon, Daniels appeared in court for drug charges that arose from the attack's investigation.
News 13 spoke to the little boy's uncles who can't help but think, was this incident preventable?
"I don't understand. You know the kids can't even play in the front yard now. We have people walking on walks with guns and sticks. If you're going to have a dog, confine it, keep it under control. If you think it's going to be violent or vicious then get rid of it. We don't need them around here," Scott Beal said.
On Tuesday, Tyler Jett was attacked by two bull dogs. He was rushed to Sacred Heart Pensacola with serious injuries. Neighbors say they are on edge, fearful of another attack.
"There was prior incidents to this, today should of never happened," Adolph Williams said.
While authorities are continuing their investigation, Tyler's family remains optimistic about their nephew's recovery. "He's son like to me. I mean I'm always here with him: playing games, watching wresting with him. He's close to me," Chris Sheets said.
"We call him catfish. So I mean good kid, good kid. I love him to death. I believe whole heartedly he'll pull through. He's a fighter," Beal adds.
The family set up a benefit account in Tyler's name to help pay for the medical expenses. If you'd like to help, you may visit any of Hancock Bank's seven Bay County locations. The account is #046332625.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office has charged Edward Daniels, II, age 21, of Kelly Court in Callaway, with Tampering with Evidence in connection to the attack of a 7 year old child by one of two bulldogs owned by Daniels.
The attack took place Tuesday at about 2:46 p.m. near Daniel's home on Kelly Court.
Investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division believe that Daniels washed blood off the face and paws of his dog when he realized the dog was involved in an attack. Daniels stated to investigators he did wash the blood off his dog but he believed it was the blood of another animal.
Investigators believe Daniels had to know the attack involved a child because of the proximity of the incident to his home and of the desperate actions of neighbors and the parents of the child to chase the dogs away from the child and administer aid to the child.
Daniels was charged today with felony Tampering with Evidence and remains in the Bay County Jail on Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.