Babysitter, dog owner cited after 7-year-old boy bitten on face, neck in Greeley


Police investigate after dog attack puts 7-year-old in hospital

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GREELEY, Colo. -- A 7-year-old boy was attacked by a dog on Monday afternoon, and the boy's babysitter and the dog's owner have been cited, the Greeley Police Department said.

The attack happened about 5 p.m. in the 2400 block of 13th Avenue. Police originally said the boy was at the home of a child care provider and was walking to a nearby park when the large dog approached and bit.

When police arrived, they found the boy with numerous puncture and laceration wounds on his face, head and neck. He was taken to North Colorado Medical Center where he was treated and released for nonlife-threatening injuries.

A woman who lives across the street from the home said the boy's mother discovered her son had been attacked when she arrived at the residence to pick him up.

"She arrived like she normally does and calmly walked into the home. Then I saw her running back screaming, and she came and got her phone and then the kid came out crying and screaming. When he turned, I saw he was bleeding on the side and he was jumping up and down," Petra Diaz said.

Police said initial statements from the babysitter, 54-year-old Patricia Castillo, were "inconsistent with the evidence found on scene." Castillo was charged with false reporting to authorities.

About 9:45 p.m., the dog responsible for the injuries and its owner, 48-year-old Robert Castillo of Greeley, were found taken into custody.

Police said the attack occurred inside the home and that the dog was not at large as was originally stated to authorities. Robert Castillo was given a citation for child abuse-negligence resulting in injury, owning an aggressive/vicious animal and failing to provide information regarding proof of rabies vaccination.

The dog has been placed in quarantine for 10 days.

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