Chesapeake deputy sheriff saves 2-year-old from brutal dog attack in Suffolk

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jan 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-23 00:04:38-05

Suffolk, Va. - Thanks to a Chesapeake deputy's quick thinking, a two-year-old child is alive.

Carla Outland and her friend Deputy Roberta Lucas were walking in their neighborhood with Carla's 2-year-old son Josiah when the unthinkable happened.

According to the video, this happened in September 2014 in Suffolk near Main Street and Downtown.

When they passed the dog park, they say a German Shepherd jumped the fence and went for the baby who was in the stroller at the time.

“The dog was charging toward the baby with its mouth open. I let out a pretty loud scream. People in the neighborhood probably did hear me,” says Roberta.

Roberta took quick action, pushed the stroller out of the way and she was attacked by the dog.

She says she felt her left leg split open pretty badly during the attack. Roberta was severely injured in the attack and was unable to walk. She was wheelchair bound for a few weeks and had to learn how to walk again.

“I just rushed to the hospital in a panic. I didn’t know how bad it was, “ says Daryl Lucas, Roberta’s husband.

Carla says she’s thankful for Roberta. She says her son Josiah already had a rough start in life. He was born nearly three months early.

“This just proves that he’s here for a reason. He could have gotten sick when he was small, he could have gotten bit by the dog. I believe God has something special for him,” says Carla.

When asked if she would do it all over again, Roberta says she would.

“I was able to be there for my friend’s son. I wouldn’t take that back,” commented Roberta.