A 35-year-old Hilmar woman was arrested for commanding her pit bull to chase her relatives Sunday night, county deputies said.
Melissa Marcrum was booked into Merced County Jail on suspicion of felony child endangerment, Merced County Sheriff's Department spokesman Tom MacKenzie said. She's being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Around 8 p.m., Marcrum decided to send Kane, her 70-pound pit bull, chasing after family members by ordering it to "sic 'em," MacKenzie said.
The dog bolted after victims in the house until they escaped through a window, he said.
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A 13-year-old boy and his friend got out of the home and jumped into a car. Marcrum, believing the dog wouldn't hurt the children, then opened the car door.
Kane bit into the 13-year-old's arm, tearing the flesh and muscle. Family members pulled the dog off him.
The teenager was taken from the 700 block of Lander Avenue to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. He's in stable condition.
Child Protective Services was notified of the dog attack and forwarded information to the sheriff's department.
Witnesses to the attack said Marcrum had been drinking heavily, MacKenzie said. Animal control took the dog away. It will probably be put down.
Reporter Scott Jason can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.