(WBIR-Knoxville) A dog owner has been cited and a mother is under investigation after a two-year-old was bitten by a lab mix Tuesday night.
Just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called out to Steeplechase Apartments off Central Avenue Pike.
Officers said the dog owner, Jetta Surrett, 21, babysat the toddler.
The Knoxville Police Department said the mother, Kendra Lusby, 22, was picking up her daughter and insisted Surrett let the lab-mix out of a locked bedroom to play with her child.
"The dog owner told the mother it was not friendly with kids," said Darrell Debusk, Public Information Officer with KPD. "The mother insisted and let the dog out, and when they were sitting on the floor, the dog bit the child."
The dog bit off a large portion of her cheek. The 2-year-old was transported to UT Medical Center and is expected to be ok.
According to a report from the Knox County Sheriff's Office, this was the second time the dog bit a 2-year-old in the past two months.
The report showed on October 3rd, 2013, deputies were called out to Surrett's previous address after the dog bit her 2-year-old cousin while they were playing Frisbee.
While the report lists the dog as a female named Lilly, KPD said it was Simba, the same male lab-mix that bit the 2-year-old Tuesday.
"She said her other dog had died and Simba was becoming more aggressive," said Debusk.
Surrett was not cited in October, but officers with KPD officially cited her Wednesday for her dog not being up to date on its rabies vaccinations. The misdemeanor comes with a $50 fine.
Debusk said KPD's Family Crime Unit and the Department of Children's Services is investigating the mother, who could face charges.