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Pit bull bites mother, girl

BARROW COUNTY - A 2-year-old girl who was bitten by a pit bull Monday remains in critical condition at Egleston Children's Hospital, police said.

Chief Deputy Murray Kogod, spokesman for the Barrow County Sheriff's Office, said Tuesday that 2-year-old Cadence Gabrielle Lee and her mother, Racheal Boatright, were bitten by a pit bull at 1:15 p.m. Monday.

Boatright, whose age was unavailable, was transferred from the home at 1513 Carl-Bethlehem Road to the Gwinnett Medical Center. Cadence was taken to Egleston by helicopter, Kogod said.

He did not know where each had been bitten, but said he thought Cadence had received more than one bite from the dog. Boatright, who lives in Grayson, was in stable condition Tuesday morning and may have been released from the hospital, he said.

The dog's owner, 43-year-old Bruce Smith Jr., was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana in an unrelated incident, Kogod said.