Sheriff's wife files claim against police after K-9 attack

Sheriff's wife files claim against police after K-9 attack
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A claim filed by the estranged wife of Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood accuses the Bakersfield Police Department of "intentionally, recklessly, negligently and with deliberate indifference" unleashing a K-9 that mauled Victoria Youngblood as she slept in her own bed.

The claim names as defendants the city of Bakersfield, Bakersfield Police Department and K-9 Officer Christopher Dalton, among others.
No dollar amount is listed in the claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit.

The suit stems from an incident in which police served a search warrant at Youngblood's house on Delany Court in April in connection with the arrest of her son, Aaron Youngblood, on drug and gun charges.

Aaron Youngblood does not live at the home. Victoria Youngblood was asleep when police entered. The claim states police unleashed the K-9, and the dog wound up severely injuring Youngblood as she slept.

Her right ear had to be surgically re-attached, and it may not take, said attorney Daniel Rodriguez. She suffered wounds to the back of her neck and head, as well, and was disfigured.

Bakersfield city attorney Virginia Gennaro said she had no comment on the claim.