News Release, Maryland State Police-Leonardtown Barracks

UPDATE/CORRECTION 6/8/2019 – The Southern Maryland Chronicle was contacted by Mr Stephen Walker of St. Mary’s County Emergency Services concerning this article. The dogs in question are not Pit Bulls as stated by the Maryland State Police-Leonardtown Barracks.

Per Mr. Walker one dog is a Rottweiler, and the second dog is a Shar Pei Mix.Both dogs are currently at the Tri-County Animal Shelter in quarantine.

We apologize for the the mix-up, Animal Control is currently in contact with MSP-Leonardtown concerning the mix-up in the Press Release.


(LEXINGTON PARK, MD) –On Friday, June 7, 2019 at approximately 7 p.m., Troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack responded to the 48000 block of Leeward Circle, Lexington Park, Maryland for a reported animal bite.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 5-year-old child was playing inside the residence, when the 5-year-old child was attacked by the family pit bull. During the attack, a second family pit bull began to attack the child. The dogs continued to attack the child until members of the community were able to enter into the home and remove the child from the dogs’ grasp.

The child sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter Trooper 7 to Children’s Hospital in Washington DC. Animal Control responded and took possession of the pit bulls. The case remains under investigation.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...