On October 8th 54-year-old Patricia Palmer Luddecke and her 50-year-old boyfriend Larry Martinez were left in charge of her daughter’s baby.
A little while later the mom received a call from Luddecke who told her that she was taking the child to the hospital because she had fallen off the bed. A little later on (after the hospital reported the crime) they ended up changing their story. Considering that doctors had to treat the child for a gash that ran from the corner of her left eye down to the right side of her mouth and has left permanent damage on her face I would guess so.
What they ended up telling police (after they initially lied to the baby’s mother and doctors) was that the dog was on the floor by the bed and the child was trying to climb onto the bed, fell onto the dog which then mauled her.
According to the Houston Chronicle police reviewed the 911 tape (Martinez placed the call) and could hear Luddecke in the background. Both of them were slurring their speech and seemed to be drunk when the baby was hurt. Shocker ain’t it?
The very same dog bit the child a month prior when she tried to play with it and a Houston Police Officer reported that it (the dog, not Luddecke) was aggressive and snarling when the officer approached.