Mother, one other person injured. Boy is in Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children. Accused thief arrested.

A dog attack yesterday afternoon brought state police to Frederica.

On Sunday, November 25 at 12:36 p.m., troopers responded to the 100 block of Fifth Street for a dog attack of a four year old boy.

It was reported the suspect, Roger O. Scarborough trespassed onto a yard on Jackson Street, Federica and stole a pit bull. Scarborough fled with the dog, restrained only by a bungee cord.

On Fifth Street a four-year-old boy was on his bicycle near his residence. The dog viciously attacked the little boy while he played. His mother and a friend struggled to free the boy from the dog and were able to get the pit bull off the child, but only after sustaining serious injuries themselves.

The boy was taken to Kent General Hospital with lacerations to his right shoulder, face, back of his neck and scalp. Due to his injuries he was transported to the Nemours/Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children where his is listed in stable condition.

The boy’s mother, 39, of Frederica, was transported to Kent General Hospital. She was treated for two open fractures to her left hand, along with a puncture wound to her right leg. The friend, 35, of Frederica, was transported to the Kent General Hospital where he was treated for several lacerations to his right hand.

Roger O. Scarborough, 62, of Frederica, was taken into custody by responding troopers and transported to Troop 3, Camden, Delaware. Scarborough was charged with Reckless Endanger 1st Degree – Creates a Substantial Risk of Death to Another, two counts of Reckless Endangering 2nd Degree, Criminal Trespass 3rd Degree, and Theft.

The dog was turned over to the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to be quarantined and the owner has to provide proof the dog was vaccinated against rabies. This incident remains under investigation.