Parents say 15-year-old babysitter helped save their 4-year-old son’s life after he fought off a dog in a brutal attack

FRESNO – A 4-year-old boy is in intensive care after being attacked by a dog.

“He’s very strong and brave,” Cortney Neal said of her son.

Cortney said her son is a typical little boy who loves ice cream and surprises.

On Tuesday, Cortney said a dog escaped into their neighborhood in Fresno and attacked her son Carson while he was walking with his 15-year-old babysitter and 7-year-old brother.

“He’s like, ‘The dog was big, dad. The dog was big and black and he dragged me. He’s scared of dogs. I think they were trying to run but he froze. said he was freezing. He’s like, ‘I kind of froze, dad,'” Neal said.

The attack was so brutal that the 4-year-old needed stitches to his head, the back of his arm and two surgeries, including one to repair nerve damage to his face in one area along the jaw line just below the ear.

Carson remains in intensive care with cerebrospinal fluid leaking from a small puncture wound in the back of his head.

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“I didn’t see a tear come out of his eye. I think we cried more than him,” Cortney said.

Carson’s parents credit their son’s 15-year-old babysitter for the way she reacted. Instead of running away, she stayed with the 4-year-old and tried to grab the dog by its collar while screaming for help.

“She bravely tried to fight the dog. She never left him. We couldn’t have asked for more than she did,” Cortney said.

The owner ended up taking the dog away from him. Neal said that despite his son’s appearance, he was healthy and in good spirits.

“We are grateful,” Cortney said.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with medical costs for the 4-year-old. for the family.

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