A Springfield man was taken into custody eight months after a dog attack that severely injured a young boy.
Assante Cameron, 34, of East Euclid Avenue, is suspected of owning a 10-year-old white and gray male pitbull named Onyx which have attacked a 6-year-old Georgia boy in the 1000 block of Sherman Avenue on July 30, according to Clark County court records.
The boy received more than 200 stitches and had plastic surgery as a a result of the attack, according to the boy’s mother, Ashley Fellows.
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“My son could have lost his eye,” Fellows said last summer. “He had a gash … under the right side of his eye. If the dog would have kept (attacking) any further, my son’s eye would have probably would have been gone.”
Onyx was taken to the Clark County Dog Shelter and was put down.
An arrest warrant was issued for Cameron after the attack, but he wasn’t arrested until Thursday night by the Springfield Police Division.
Cameron was arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court on Friday morning.
He’s charged with owning a dog when part of his past prison sentence forbid him from owning one within a certain time frame, confinement of dogs and failing to register a dog.
Court records show Cameron was convicted on drug charges in 2012 and was sentenced to three years in prison. As part of the sentence, he was not permitted to have an un-spayed or un-neutered dog older than 12 weeks for three years after his release from prison. Cameron would have been out of prison for three years in Nov. 2018.
Cameron could face up to seven months in jail if he’s convicted on all charges.
During his arraignment session, Cameron asked Judge Stephen Schumaker for a lenient bond. Not guilty pleas were entered for him and his total bond for all charges was set at $5,000.
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