Granite City resident sued over boy's injuries in pit bull attack

By The Madison County Record | Aug 29, 2014

The mother of a minor boy has filed suit against the owner of a pit bull she claims viciously attacked her eight-year-old son.

Brandon Newcombe, a minor, by his mother and next friend Kristy Ashcraft, filed suit Aug. 22 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Anna Thomason.

According to the complaint, Newcombe was on the defendant's property at 2665 E. 23rd St. in Granite City on April 10 when her pit bull attacked Newcombe without provocation, according to the complaint.

Due to the incident, Newcombe suffered severe and permanent injuries to his arm, shoulder and stomach and experienced great pain and suffering, the suit states. He also endured permanent scarring and disfigurement, the complaint says.

His mother, Kristy Ashcraft, claims she incurred medical costs due to the attack.

In the complaint, the plaintiffs blame Thomason for Newcombe's injuries, saying she negligently failed to keep the pit bull in the house while he was playing in her yard, failed to secure the pit bull, failed to supervise the dog and allowed the dog to bite Newcombe.

The plaintiffs seek a judgment of more than $200,000, plus costs. They are being represented by attorney Matthew R. Chapman of Becker, Schroader and Chapman in Granite City.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 14-L-1148.


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