SPRINGVILLE, Utah, Oct. 9, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A Springville mother charged with felony child abuse after her dog bit her daughter, causing a wound that required 27 stitches to close, had her case transferred from one Utah County Courthouse to another.
Kayla Ann Price, 26, will face a 4th District Court judge in American Fork rather than Provo. The reason for the move was not immediately clear. Her next court appearance has not yet been scheduled.
Price is charged with child abuse — infliction of serious physical injury recklessly, a third-degree felony; and with allowing a vicious animal to go at large, a class B misdemeanor.
The attack happened on June 13 of this year. A probable cause statement filed by the Utah County Attorney and based on a report from a Springville Police officer.
“(The) victim — an 8-year-old girl — was bitten by the family pit bull,” the statement says. “She was taken to the hospital where she received 27 stitches on her cheek, on her chin, and around her eye.
“The injuries have left scarring and possible permanent damage to the tear ducts.”
The dog belongs to Price, the statement says.
“This is at least the second time that the dog has bitten a victim on the face,” the statement says.
“The dog has bit other children in the past as well, yet the defendant insists on bringing the dog back into the family home.”