Central Point boy mauled by pit bulls remains hospitalized

A 9-year-old Central Point boy remains hospitalized after he was attacked by three large pit bulls at his father's home Tuesday.

The boy, Ashtin Hedges, was inside his father's home in the 100 block of East Gregory Road when the dogs attacked, Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

The father, Timothy Allen Hedges, 34, owns five pit bulls. Police believe three of the pit bulls mauled the boy, causing multiple injuries, Carlson said.

"When the deputies arrived, there was a large amount of blood in the living room," Carlson said. "The deputy observed the boy appeared to have between 10 and 15 injuries."

The most serious injuries appeared on the boy's head. The deputy said the dogs appeared to have torn off a large chunk of the boy's scalp.

The boy was rushed to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, where he remains in fair condition, according to hospital spokesman Grant Walker.

Jackson County Animal Control officers will collect the pit bulls and quarantine them for 10 days to check them for rabies and other issues that might have led to an attack, said Jackson County Animal Care and Control Director Colleen Macuk.

During this 10-day period, animal control officers will conduct an investigation into the case and will determine the dogs' fate, Macuk said.

Carlson said the sheriff's office probably will not lodge charges against Hedges.

"They only way we will step in is if someone purposefully causes dogs to attack someone," Carlson said. "If that's not the case here, then we will not charge."

— Chris Conrad

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