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Parents are arrested after their two-year-old is attacked by the family dog

August 10, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, July 31, 2018 the Colorado River Medical Center contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department after getting a report of a severe dog bite attack of a 2-year-old male. James Gordon Nagel (age 46) and Tiffany Marie Jensen (age 24) both of Needles and the parents of the victim, told hospital staff the victim was attacked by a stray dog on a beach in Needles.

Detectives took over the investigation and it was discovered the 2-year-old was viciously attacked by the family dog. It was also discovered the same dog attacked Nagel and Jensen's 5-year-old daughter in September 2017.

The recent victim was flown to a hospital in Las Vegas for his severe injuries and underwent surgery. Nagel and Jensen were well aware of the family dog's aggressiveness, but did not take the proper measure to protect their children who both suffered attacks by the dog.

On August 8, 2018 at 8:08 a.m. Nagel and Jensen were contacted, interviewed and subsequently arrested. Both were booked at Needles' jail on a $100,000 bond. Jensen and Nagel were on county felony probation for child neglect at the time of both dog bite attacks.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Detective Nick Caronna at the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department at 760-326-9200.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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