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Baby Left With Pit Bull, ‘Father’ Charged With Child Neglect

Pit Bull Babysits Child

Palm Coast, FL – Baby left with pit bull babysitter leads to a man’s arrest. 41 year old James R. Irvine was charged with child neglect after he left his girlfriend’s baby in the care of his pet pit bull while he went drinking on the town.

According to the Daily Mail, the girlfriend says she had been at work, leaving her boyfriend entrusted with the task of watching her baby boy. Instead, James ordered his pit bull to guard the door like a good dog and went bar hopping in Palm Coast. A bartender told police that Irvine had been served five Coronas and one Bud Light while he watched football.

The girlfriend had tried calling James from work. When he kept ignoring her phone calls she decided to return home. The baby was found inside the home, crying, but unharmed.

The faithful pit bull was still guarding the door…but the boyfriend was nowhere in sight. Someone else was going to end up in the doghouse tonight.

James eventually stumbled home and that is when the girlfriend found him trying to get into the house. He was so drunk that he had urinated on himself. An argument must have ensued, because the girlfriend called the police on the boyfriend.

James R Irvine was arrested on Saturday for leaving the baby with the pit bull. He is being held at the jail in Flagler County on a $1,500 bond. While pit bulls do have a nasty reputation as being vicious and uncontrollable dogs as you can see the pit bull was the only responsible one in this case.

Do you think James should be charged with child neglect solely for leaving the baby boy unattended or that the presence of a pit bull should be a factor?

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18 Responses to “Baby Left With Pit Bull, ‘Father’ Charged With Child Neglect”

  1. Julie Robbs

    Apparently the "DOG" was a better baby sitter then the childs own father! What I don't understand is WHY does the title have to say "PITBULL" why not say "Family Dog"? And WHY MUST you use this image of a PitBull for this story? How much more negativity can these dogs get by the media!

  2. Leslie Widdison

    I just do not think that a picture like that should be posted with this story. The dog did no wrong and this picture just makes them look like bad dogs and it was the human that did the wrong thing…put his picture on here instead of the pit bulls.

  3. Anonymous

    I was sweating bullets when I turned to this story, out of fear that another horrible story about a vicious Pit Bull was going to be touted in the press, instead, it was a story that should have been praising the dog. Once again, you show a picture of a pit bull that is (to say the least) most unflattering and vicious). Pit Bulls, by nature, are loving, sweet and loyal dogs. It is breeders and the Michael Vicks of the world who make them "otherwise." This dog was the only breathing entity in the whole story who showed a modicum of common sense and loyalty (not to mention, protective instincts). You owe it to your readers and to owners of this much-maligned breed to retract that picture and act responsibly. Clearly, the Mother in this story, is not a good judge of character. The boyfriend should be charged with Child neglect and the dog should get a medal from the local police department, so show some respect.

  4. Cheryl Anne Smith West

    The breed does not matter at all. If you knew about pit bulls you would know that they are very loyal and protective of their families and the child was in no danger from the dog. Saying that, the father was wrong to leave a small child.
    And that was a terrible picture to post, there are many pictures showing pits sleeping with young children. Shame on you!

  5. Ben Flowers

    take down that horrible picture of the pit…its lurring people into read a bad story that should be praising this dog my pits would have done the same thing.

  6. Susan Biddle DeTalente

    And of course you used a picture of a dog looking vicious and menacing. It doesn't say the pit bull hurt the child, so why use a negative pic, except to further discrimination against pit bulls.

  7. James Johnson

    I couldn't agree with you more, I unfortunately wasn't the one to edit this article but the picture was changed as soon as I read it. Thanks.

  8. James Johnson

    I couldn't agree with you more, I unfortunately wasn't the one to edit this article but the picture was changed as soon as I read it. Thanks.

  9. James Johnson

    I couldn't agree with you more, I unfortunately wasn't the one to edit this article but the picture was changed as soon as I read it. Thanks.

  10. James Johnson

    I couldn't agree with you more, I unfortunately wasn't the one to edit this article but the picture was changed as soon as I read it. Thanks.

  11. James Johnson

    I couldn't agree with you more, I unfortunately wasn't the one to edit this article but the picture was changed as soon as I read it. Thanks.

  12. Mary Sheen

    I don't think the picture looks "menacing" that dog in the picture looks calm his tail is relaxed and he has a very gentle expression in his eyes. He looks magnificent in my opinion. Stop this insane discrimination and start practicing responsible journalism. Pit bulls are great dogs irresponsible ownership is the problem – with all breeds.

  13. Susan Biddle DeTalente

    The original pic WAS a mean looking dog. They changed it.