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girl attacked by dog faces long recovery

Monday, November 13, 2017 17:08 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A 12-year old Michigan City girl who nearly bled to death when attacked by a 140 pound dog could face more extensive surgery.

Winter Morgan remained at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis on Monday.

''She's still fighting,'' said her aunt, Constance Bentley.

Bentley said her niece during a lengthy operation had veins taken from her legs to repair the ones in her badly mangled arm.

Puncture marks in her head were stitched up.

One of her ears and the ear canal were also seriously injured during the Friday morning attack, she said.

Despite uncertainty originally about her prognosis, Bentley said she believes her niece in and out of consciousness will survive.

''There are times when she can't move either arm or either leg and she's in a lot of pain,'' said Bentley.

Michigan City Police Sgt. Chris Yagelski said he doesn't anticipate the filing of charges from what investigators have learned, so far.

''It's not really a criminal matter. Not that we can see right now,'' said Yagelski.

The attack occurred just after 7:30 a.m. at Dunewood Trailer Park on Indiana 212 on the city's far east side.

Bentley said her niece went to the home of a friend where the dog resides so they could both wait for the school bus to arrive.

Police have not shed light on how the attack occurred because of the investigation still being ongoing but did reveal several neighbors tried beating the dog off the girl who broke loose and ran inside a mobile home.

The dog followed her and while attacking again was wrestled off her by Michigan City Police officer Scott Combs.

Combs was a paramedic with LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service prior to becoming a law enforcement officer and tended to the girl prior to her being airlifted, said Yagelski.

Police said the officer and his advanced medical skills probably saved the girl's life.

Yagelski said officers must be a certified first responder but Combs was trained at a higher level as an emergency medical technician because of his previous line of work.

Bentley said a Go Fund Me account has been started to help the girl's parents, Tom and Ruth Hall, with the medical expenses.
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