Suit follows pit bull attack on 8-year-old

Ann Knef May 3, 2005, 7:41am

104 Revere Drive in Belleville

The mother of an 8-year-old Illinois girl who was attacked by a pit bull is suing the dog's owners for more than $200,000.

Demetria Spealman filed suit against Wayne and Judy Stonecipher of Belleville alleging her daughter Danielle Glasco suffered extensive head and facial wounds from a dog named "Midnight" on Dec. 4, 2004, while she was playing at their house.

"(The) dog had a vicious disposition and was accustomed to attacking and biting people, children and other animals," according to the suit filed April 26 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Spealman claims the Stoneciphers were negligent because they advised her daughter and other children to go outside and play with the chained dog.

"Danielle Lee Glasco suffered severe, extensive and permanent injuries, both physically and emotionally, including substantial flesh wounds on her face, removing muscle, tissue and nerves, injuries throughout her face and head from the dog's teeth and from the dog shaking her," the suit states.

Spealman, represented by W. Michael Gnavi of Collinsville, claims her daughter has undergone plastic surgery and incurred substantial medical bills.

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