Family outrage as 13-year-old Aboriginal boy suffers gruesome injuries from being mauled by a police dog – and they claim he was handcuffed and sitting down at the time
- A 13-year-old boy is recovering from facial injuries after an attack by a police dog
- Jayden also has severe gashes to his arm and neck after an alleged crime spree
- Police responded to 10 separate calls involving one adult and three juveniles
- The were allegedly breaking into homes and cars and threatening bystanders
- The canine unit was used during Jayden’s arrest, where he ‘received injuries’
The family of a 13-year-old Aboriginal boy fear he will be scarred for life after claiming he was mauled by a police dog while in handcuffs and defenceless.
The boy’s loved one’s claim he was in handcuffs and sitting on the ground when the dog bit him on the face, neck and arms but police deny that.
Deputy Commissioner Kylie Whiteley told the West Australian body-worn camera footage of the arrests did not show the boy in restraints but did admit the boy was injured by the dog.
Jayden’s aunt Shara Abraham told Daily Mail Australia she’s furious that he’s been left with ‘scars for the rest of his life’.
She hopes Jayden will be out of hospital by the end of the week, but doctors are unable to say when he will be released.
Jayden’s family are outraged after he was mauled by a police dog leaving him with horrific facial injuries
Jayden (pictured) was taken to the Perth Children’s Hospital for treatment after the incident
‘We don’t like seeing him like that, it’s hurtful, because that’s our baby and he’s too little to go through something so painful and traumatising,’ Shara told the ABC.
‘He’s only just turned 13, he’s got a lot ahead in life for him. We just want answers right away.’
Police responded to 10 different calls that night involving three juveniles and one adult allegedly breaking into cars and homes across the area.
Officers also got reports of them allegedly threatening others on the streets.
One of the ‘disturbances at several different addresses’ included a man in his 50s, who was threatened with a knife in the backyard of his home,’ police said.
Authorities set out with a canine unit at 11.40pm and eventually arrested three juveniles including Jayden, and an adult.
The boy ended up with severe injuries to his face, neck and arm (pictured, Jayden in hospital) after he was set upon by a police dog
‘One of the juvenile males received injuries during the arrest, as a result of canine deployment,’ police said.
Jayden was taken to the Perth Children’s Hospital for treatment, as a 21-year-old man was charged with stealing and being armed in a way that may cause fear.
Pictured: Jayden in hospital with severe eye injury
He will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on 8 December 2022.
But all three youths have been released ‘pending further inquiries’ as investigations continue.
Meanwhile, images of Jayden bandaged up in hospital have been met with anger on social media.
Deputy Commissioner Whiteley said WA Police will soon release vision captured on the body-worn cameras, adding there is no evidence officers did anything wrong.
‘Canine deployments are subject to police use of force requirements,’ she said.
‘It is standard practice to review the use of canine resources when deployed during arrests,’ police said.
Anyone with information regarding this incident, or who were themselves the victim of an offence in the Bentley/St James area on Sunday night is urged to contact WA Police.
Family members claimed Jayden (pictured before the incident) was handcuffed and on the ground when the dog attacked, which police have denied
Jayden’s auntie Shara Abraham told Daily Mail Australia she expected Jayden will be out of hospital by the end of the week