Mauled Toddler's Parents Get Probation

Toddler is in foster care

Friday, Apr 20, 2012  |  Updated 12:03 AM CDT
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Mauled Toddler's Parents Get Probation

Tarrant Co. Sheriff

Chance and Patricia Walker's 18-month-old son was attacked after he crawled through a doggie door and into the backyard as they slept.

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The parents of an 18-month-old toddler mauled by dogs in the backyard of the child's grandparents were sentenced to 10 years probation.

Chance and Patricia Walker got probation with deferred adjudication for their guilty pleas to injury to a child, meaning the conviction won't go on their record if they satisfy the terms of their probation. They were also sentenced to 120 days in jail as part of a plea agreement.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports terms also include parenting classes and an alcohol and drug assessment program.

Chance Walker Jr. was 18 months old when he slipped through a pet door into the backyard when he was attacked in January in an unincorporated part of Tarrant County. Affidavits said Patricia Walker tested positive for methamphetamine, and Chance Walker Sr. declined to take a drug test.

The four dogs involved in the attack were euthanized.

The child is in foster care.

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