Woman whose pit bull attacked a 4 year-old Chula Vista girl to be arraigned

Woman is facing 3 charges of child abuse

CHULA VISTA, Calif - A woman arrested after her pit bull attacked a 4- year-old girl outside a National City apartment building is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at the courthouse in Chula Vista.Brittany Morgan Gardiner, 22, was taken into custody Wednesday morning as she allegedly tried to drive away from the Laurel Avenue apartment complex where she lives, according to police.

Gardiner's roughly 65-pound terrier mauled the child shortly before 10:30 a.m. when she tried to pet the animal in a grassy central courtyard at the apartment complex, where she and her family also live, according to police. Medics took the tot to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, where she was admitted in serious condition with injuries to her face and upper body, Lt. Keith Fifield said.

Gardiner was booked into county jail on suspicion of child endangerment, resisting police and allowing a vicious animal to inflict injury and was held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending arraignment. The dog was impounded and will undergo a rabies quarantine, after which it likely will be euthanized, the lieutenant said Gardiner told officers she had given the neighbor child permission to pet the canine, believing it had no aggressive tendencies, according to
Fifield
 

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