Women sentenced to 6 months in pit bull attack

A 40-year-old woman was sentenced to six months in jail after her pit bull dog attacked an 8-year-old girl in April 2012, the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Bridgette Harper, of La. 1062, Loranger, was scheduled for a bench trial Aug. 12 but instead chose to plead no contest to negligent injuring, the District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

State District Judge Elizabeth Wolfe sentenced Harper on Monday.

A pit bull belonging to Harper attacked the 8-year-old girl, Mikayja Oliver, on April 27, 2012, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Another pit bull, belonging to Natalie Newton, also attacked Oliver.

Oliver suffered multiple injuries and underwent several surgeries following the attack.

Harper was given the maximum sentence for negligent injuring, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Newton’s case is still ongoing, the District Attorney’s Office said.

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