UPDATE: Toddler Hospitalized After Pit Bull Mix Attack; Parents Face Child Endangerment Charges

The 2-year-old boy is being treated at Oakland Children's Hospital for severe lacerations to his head and face. Once released, he will be placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Updated 4:35 p.m.

The parents of a Castro Valley toddler who was severely injured after being attacked by the family dog, face criminal charges of child endangerment according to Alameda County Sheriff's Office authorities.

Sgt. JD Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said that a 2-year-old boy suffered severe lacerations to his head and face and may need surgery but is expected to survive.

According to Nelson, the attack occurred in the 2100 block of Gary Dr. right after 2 a.m. Deputies responded to a call from the boy's parents around 3:30 a.m.

The boy was initially sent to in Castro Valley before being transfered to Oakland Children's Hospital.

Nelson said when deputies arrived at the family's home, they found the house unsanitary and dangerous for habitation with animal feces and hazardous items within a child's reach. Once released from the hospital, Child Protective Services will take custody of the toddler, according to Nelson.

Both parents are facing criminal charges of child endangerment due to the condition of their home.

The boy's mother, Brandi Gomes, 30, was initially arrested but then released to to get treated for injuries. It is unclear on whether the injury was received during the dog attack. The boy's father, Jared Perkins, 37, was arrested and sent to Jail in Dublin.

currently have the 6-year-old pit bull/German Shepard mix under quarantine in Dublin. Nelson said it will be checked for the rabies virus and then go to a vicious dog hearing within the next 30 days.

Nelson told the Oakland Tribune that investigators have received conflicted stories from the boy's parents about the location of the attack and are still working to piece together what happened. Deputies were told the attack may have occurred somewhere in the house but investigators were unable to find evidence, such as "blood," relating to this claim.

This is the second East Bay dog attack that has happened within 24 hours.

She was attacked in front of a home in the 4300 block of Rose Lane in Concord. Officials say the euthanized dog’s tissues are being tested for rabies. Results will arrive in a few days.

Both children continue to be treated at Oakland Children’s Hospital while the attacks remain under investigation.

Patch will update this story as more information is made available.


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