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Man Leaves Pit Bull in Charge of Babysitting Infant While He Goes to a Bar

by Lindsay Mannering on December 6, 2012 at 5:25 PM

left baby with pit bullHere's a winner for you -- James R. Irivne, 41, of Palm Coast, Florida, has been arrested under suspicion of child neglect after he left a 10-month-old baby to be cared for by a pit bull while he went to the bar to drink. Irvine was watching his girlfriend's infant when he apparently made the decision to hand the reins over to the dog of the house, and head out for some beers. After he didn't return any of his girlfriend's calls, she left work to come home and find Irvine urinating on himself, trying to get back in the house.

Irvine told his girlfriend that it's not like the baby was alone, their pet pit bull was watching it! But what the police report reveals next is the real kicker.

Cops say the baby was found crying inside a room with the door shut, and that the pit bull was sitting right outside of it.

Aw. Even a cynic like me can see how sweet that is. That dog is probably a better and more vigilant caretaker than Irvine could ever hope to be, but, naturally, that's no excuse for leaving a baby home alone with a canine babysitter.

Also, I'm not really sure why people think like, Oh, no, I shouldn't bring a baby to bar, that's just plain old wrong, and then conclude the better option would be to leave them alone or, in this case, with a pet.

I hope this girlfriend dumps Irvine and takes her baby, and her awesome pit bull, somewhere else. I mean, as soon as your significant other wets himself and explains to you that, it's cool, man, the dog was watching your kid, I think it's time to reevaluate the relationship.

Irvine faces one charge of child neglect. The pit bull faces a lifetime of hugs and kisses. (Same with the baby.)

Can you believe this?


Photo via Flagler County Sheriff's Office

Filed Under: child abuse, crime


  • kelti...


    December 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM
    What a douchebag! Sweet puppy.
  • cmjaz


    December 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM
    I think we all can assume she won't dump him. They seem to never do
  • Mary...
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    Mary Cimino

    December 6, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    And people say that Pit Bulls are vicious, bet you money that was the safest kid in the area when the Pit was in charge :)

  • kisse...


    December 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Hey- Pitbulls were the orginal 'nanny' dog look at the art of the Victorian erra and you will see pictures of children with loyal pitbulls...

    and didnt the Darling children of Peter Pan have a dog as a nanny?

  • mleil...


    December 6, 2012 at 6:56 PM
    Why is it that 99% of abused infants are with "the boyfriend" while the moms AT WORK??? While one may conclude he's a douchebag; exactly what are these "mothers"? Idiots?
  • kaerae
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    December 6, 2012 at 7:24 PM
    stupid mother probably bailed him out and apologized to him. Any guy who goes out and gets so drunk he pees himself should have never been "babysitting" in the first place. She's just as stupid as he is.
  • divam...


    December 6, 2012 at 7:46 PM
    wow what a winner.
  • Sarah...
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    Sarah UsedtobeZech Cone

    December 6, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    What a jackass. I hope she kicks this douche to the curb.

  • Flowe...


    December 6, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    "Door!  Door!  Open up!  If you don't open up, I'm gonna pee on you!  Okay, you're asking for it." 

  • power...


    December 6, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    epic pit bulls always were nice

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