HOUMA, La. (WGNO) – Less than 24 hours after a four-year old girl was viciously attacked by one of two family pit bulls, thousands of dollars have been raised to cover her funeral and some.
A goal of $15,000 was originally posted to the crowdfunding site, gofundme.com, after news broke that a little girl from Houma was attack and held hostage in a bedroom by a dog she knew.
The gofundme post says, “This unimaginable tragedy has effected the lives of so many people, the only thing we can do at this time is offer prayers, bear our shoulders to lean on, and give forward to help alleviate the costly expenses of this unexpected tragedy. Please keep the families of this beautiful angel in your prayers, and thank you for your gracious support.”
The goal is now $25,000 and as of 10 p.m. more than $27,000 was raised for Mia DeRouen and her mom.
Police were called to the Houma Highland apartments on South Hollywood Road Tuesday around 7 p.m.
“Upon arrival officers learned that a large pit bull had attacked a female child inside an apartment and when the mother fought the dog off her child the dog attacked her,” Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis said in a statement.
Once free from the dog, Mia’s mom, 27-year-old Megan Touchet, barricaded Mia and herself inside a bedroom.
Mia suffered facial and head injuries from the attack. She later died at Terrebonne General Medical Center.
Touchet received moderate injuries and was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Because of the nature of the attack officers had to use lethal force to subdue the pit bull.
Touchet owned a second pit bull, a 6 month old girl. She was not injured in the attack and is being held at the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter for further observation.