BY KEN LITTLE
The little boy bitten by a pit bull mix dog June 3 in a yard on Afton Road remains hospitalized, but his condition is improving, a Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services official said today.
Two-year-old Leeland Brown was attacked by the dog when he approached the animal, which was secured by a chain, in the yard of the house at 4005 Afton Road.
He suffered head injuries and was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center and later transferred to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
The hospital had no information today on the boy, but Robert Sayne, director of Greene County-Greeneville EMS, said Leeland Brown's condition has stabilized.
"He is stable. They expect him to make a full recovery," Sayne said.
The little boy, who lives nearby on Afton Road, was in the care of another relative when he was brought to the house where the pit bull lived.
The dog was put down after the attack.
The boy remains on a ventilator and is sedated, but will gradually be weaned off the machine as his condition improves, Sayne said.
The boy lives with an aunt. The young relative who was caring for him June 3 told sheriff's deputies "the little boy must have opened the door and come outside and wandered into the back yard of 4005 Afton Road, where the homeowner had a pit bull that was on a chain," a report said.
"The boy was then attacked when he got too close," the report said.
No charges were filed in connection with the incident.