Sheriff's estranged wife mauled by Bakersfield police K-9

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An intentionally blurred photo provided by attorney Daniel Rodriguez shows a wounded 60-year-old Victoria Youngblood, the estranged wife of Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood. Victoria Youngblood was reportedly bitten by a Bakersfield police dog during an investigation into her son, Aaron Youngblood.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The estranged wife of Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood was mauled by a Bakersfield police K-9 inside her home on Easter Sunday.

Attorney Daniel Rodriguez said 60-year-old Victoria Youngblood was home alone asleep in her bedroom Sunday evening.

"All of a sudden, she feels a weight pounce on her, and something clamps down on her head," said Rodriguez. "And she can feel the crunching of bones in her head."

The dog clamped down on the back of her neck, right ear and side of her head. A medical assessment report from Kern Medical Center reads: "This patient has a mutilated right ear that is questionably salvageable."

In addition to possibly losing her right ear, Youngblood might also be in danger of losing her hearing after the attack.

The incident stems from an earlier incident involving Aaron Youngblood, son of Victoria and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood. Police went to the home on Delany Court in southwest Bakersfield to serve a search warrant. Earlier Sunday, Aaron Youngblood was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property.

Aaron Youngblood no longer lives with his mother, said Rodriguez.

Bakersfield police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said police made their presence known before entering the home of Victoria Youngblood.

"The (K-9) handler was careful about giving announcements," said Grubbs.

"The person (Victoria Youngblood) didn't announce themselves, so the K-9 engaged, the K-9 found the person and engaged," said Grubbs.

But, attorney Rodriguez is highly critical of how police proceeded in this case.

"That's still no reason or justification for a dog attacking an innocent person who happens to be sleeping in her bedroom," said Rodriguez.

Victoria Youngblood will have to undergo extensive medical treatment for her injuries, said Rodriguez.

She is estranged from Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, who said he had no comment on this case.