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Baby attacked by pit bull is stable; parents charged with child abuse

JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) - A 4-month-old North Carolina baby whose toes were chewed off by a pit bull is in stable condition.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the baby, who lost the toes on the left foot after the dog chewed them off Sunday night, won't be released from Pitt Memorial Hospital any time soon.

The sheriff's office said the pit bull is in animal control custody undergoing medical tests for several diseases, including rabies.

The child's mother, Robie Lynn Jenkins, and her boyfriend, Tremayne Spillman, are charged with felony child abuse. The couple was dog-sitting for a man arrested Saturday night for illegal possession of a gun.

Authorities moved the couple from the county jail to the hospital to undergo testing as part of the investigation.

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