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Mom waives trial in baby’s fatal dog mauling

BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: February 4, 2009 at 5:27 am •  Published: February 4, 2009
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TULSA — A teen mother whose infant son was mauled to death by a puppy has waived her right to a trial, according to a court record released Tuesday.

Linzy Earles, 18, is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of her 2-month-old son, Zane.

In Monday’s proceeding in Tulsa County Juvenile Court, Judge Terry Bitting ruled Earles is delinquent, according to a court minutes entry. Earles is receiving counseling, the document states.

Earles’ case is being handled in juvenile court because at the time of Zane’s death, she was 17. She turned 18 on Oct. 24.

Because of the juvenile filing, Monday’s hearing was closed, but the minutes were obtained by an open records request.

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Earles is to return to court Feb. 26 for a disposition hearing, the court minutes stated. She is accused of leaving her infant alone with a hungry dog that fatally mauled him.

An autopsy report stated Zane died from multiple soft tissue injuries due to dog bites. Body parts were found in the dog’s stomach, the autopsy states.

No traces of drugs or alcohol were found in the baby’s body, according to a toxicology report.

The day after her son’s death, she told a hospital worker that she smoked marijuana after he died.

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