UPDATE: 03/12/12 10:46 PM
"I did not neglect my child. I was there with him. He was asleep. I was asleep. He did not cry. And I will repeatedly say that. He did not cry, or would have heard him," says Stewart.
21-year-old mother of two Jena Stewart was asleep near her youngest son and woke up to find his left pinkie finger was bitten off.
Stewart says 6 and a half week old Bryar is recovering just fine, but doctors couldn't reattach his pinkie finger.
"He is going to be able to do everything else my 3 year old does. He's going to be able to play sports, and he's not going to notice it. He's not even going to know a difference until he's older and someone says something to him," says Stewart.
She says it was a freak accident. The puppy responsible for the bite was her 3-year-old son's. They only had it a week. Now she says she will never allow her kids to have pets again.
"I have to live with this for the rest of my life. I have to be the one to look at my son and tell him what happened and his mommy couldn't protect him because I was asleep. That's what I want everyone to realize. That you can pass all these harsh judgments on me and you guys are entitled to your opinions yes, but I am not a bad mom," says Stewart.
Child protective services is investigating child neglect charges. Right now, she is not allowed to be alone with Bryar. Stewart says they told her they hope to make a decision within the next week.
"I'll do anything. I have to. I won't let my boys go," she says.
UPDATE: 03/10/12 4:45 PM
Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office say the baby is doing fine.
The baby's mother is hopeful her son will be released from the hospital today.
She says, doctors were unable to reattach the baby's finger.
A five week old baby's finger is bitten off by a puppy.
It was nearly 8:30 a.m. when the panicked mother 21 year old, Jena Stewart, of New Matamoras, woke up to her child covered in blood, missing a finger, and a face full of scratches.
"She said she was asleep on the couch and the baby was asleep on the bouncer next to her, close to the floor, and she said that she got woken up by her friend who came downstairs from the house and said there was blood all over her child. She investigated the blood and found that the child's finger was missing so she called 911. She said the child was not crying when it happened, she did not hear the child," explains the Washington County Sheriff's Office's Dog Warden, Deputy Kelly Schubert.
Deputy Schubert met the mother and child at Marietta Memorial Hospital looking for answers.
"I observed the child, the left finger, the pinky, was missing. They advised that a six week old lab puppy bit the child, it also had scratches on it's face, his ear, a lot of blood and they transported the child to Columbus," says Deputy Schubert.
The dog was taken to the veterinarian's office were an x-ray showed the finger... and the end of a pacifier in the dog's stomach.
The dog eventually regurgitated the finger.
Deputy Schubert says the finger was fully intact but doctors say it is not able to be reattached.
Deputy Schubert says the puppy was one of three in the home. She says she does not see this as a vicious act.
"These dogs are not vicious, they are puppies being puppies. He just thought he was playing. They need things to chew on to occupy them. They were very well fed and they weren't miss treated," explains Deputy Schubert.
Other than the missing finger and pain... Deputy Schubert says they do not believe there to be any other serious injuries once the pinky is cleaned.
She says all three puppies were in good, health condition and will be taken to the Ohio Valley Humane Society and be put up for adoption.
The Washington County Sheriff's Department is still investigating and child services are conducting their own investigation.