Pit bull attack of girl leads to Roseland woman’s conviction

A state district judge found a 21-year-old woman guilty Monday of criminal negligence for an April 2012 incident in which her pit bull attacked an 8-year-old girl, the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.

Judge Bruce Bennett sentenced Natalie Newton, of Roseland, to six months in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail after a 21/2-hour bench trial, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Newton and a co-defendant, Bridgette Harper, 40, of Loranger, were arrested on negligent injuring counts after their pit bulls attacked Mikayja Oliver, 8, on April 27, 2012.

Oliver and a friend were playing near the defendants’ shared home when the dogs attacked Oliver.

Oliver’s friend testified all of the doors in the home that lead to the backyard were open and neither dog was leashed, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Oliver suffered multiple injuries and underwent several surgeries following the attack, the District Attorney’s Office has said.

Harper was set for a bench trial but pleaded no contest Aug. 12 to negligent injuring.

She was sentenced Oct. 7 to six months in the parish jail.

The 21st Judicial District covers Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes.