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Judge: Child Mauled By Dogs To Stay In Foster Care

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - A 19-month-old boy who was mauled by his family's dogs will remain in foster care, a judge ruled Friday.

A custody hearing was held at the Juvenile Justice Center in Fort Worth to determine whether Chance Walker Junior would be returned to his parents.

The judge granted continued custody to Child Protective Services (CPS) for the next 60 days.

"Our main priority is to make sure he's in the best place for him right now and that he's getting the medical care that he needs," explained CPS spokesperson Marissa Gonzales. "He may have to have some surgeries going forward but we're convinced the foster family is meeting his needs."

The child is recovering from serious injuries to his face and ear after he was mauled by four dogs at a home in the 7800 block of Eastland Avenue near Lake Worth, where he lived with his parents.

The boy apparently slipped through a doggie-door at the home while his mom and dad were sleeping inside, police said.

His parents, Chance Walker Senior, 25, and Patricia Walker, 23, are now charged with injury to a child.

Before being arrested, while at the hospital with Chance Jr., the mother tested positive for methamphetamines.

"I love her but it's a sad situation," Patricia's mother Dorena Lawson said, "you can't sleep and take care of a child when you're asleep. You've got to be up when that child is up and you can't do drugs. She needs to get help."

The Walkers remain in jail, on $100,000 bond each, and were unable to attend the custody hearing, but Lawson, the child's maternal grandmother did show up hoping to learn what she could do to gain custody.

"It's sad," she said, "I would like to be able to go and see him, and be with him, and let him know his granny loves him."

CPS said visits to Chance Jr. might be an option down the line, but a home study would first have to be done, and ultimately the decision will be up to the judge.

Another hearing will be held March 21 to determine future placement of the child.

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