5-Year-Old Critically Injured in Dog Attack

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5-Year-Old Critically Injured in Dog Attack

A 5-year-old girl is in stable but critical condition after she was attacked by as many as three dogs Wednesday evening.

The little girl named Savanna was at her Bennsville, Md., home with her mother's boyfriend when she slipped out the back door and entered the family's back yard shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday. There, she was bitten by at least one dog, authorities said.

Savanna was taken to Children's National Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after her mother's boyfriend found her. She was unconscious and barely breathing, with dog bites, lacerations and other injuries to her face, neck and body.

Authorities said Thursday morning that Savanna's condition stabilized overnight. Her family said they are anticipating an extended recovery.

The fenced-in back yard includes a large kennel-type structure. However, as of Thursday morning, authorities say they have received conflicting reports about who owns the dogs -- an Olde English Bulldogge and two Presa Canarios. Savanna's family said the dogs are not owned by the family.

"We're hearing that the dogs may have just been dropped off at the house to be watched after by the homeowners, so we're still trying to verify that," said Diane Richardson of the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

The Olde English Bulldogge and one of the Presa Canarios were linked to the attack and were euthanized.

"What I understand is that they're all classified as 'bully breeds,'" Richardson said.

Savanna and her mother had recently moved into the home of the mother's boyfriend.

Savanna had played with the dogs before, News4's Shomari Stone reported Wednesday night.

A next door neighbor told News4's Megan McGrath he wasn't home at the time of the attack, but his children called him.

"They called me," he said. "They heard [the dogs] just getting loud.... Sounded like they were fighting over there.... But they didn't go over there because they know what type of dogs they are."

"It's devastating; it's terrible," the neighbor said. "...I feel sorry for the child."

As to how Savanna got out of the house, "She's 5 years old. They do that. She apparently went out back and that's where she was found," Richardson said.

The dogs are now in the custody of Animal Control. The investigation continues.

No charges are likely, authorities said.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates as they become available.

Ravens have not taken a CB in first three rounds since 2011

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Ravens have not taken a CB in first three rounds since 2011

You would expect the Ravens to draft a cornerback at some point Saturday, but even if they do, it might be too late.

The Ravens didn’t draft a cornerback in the first three rounds, the fifth straight year that has happened. Fifteen cornerbacks went off the board in Rounds 1 through 3, but none of them went to the Ravens.

Their last high draft pick at corner was Jimmy Smith, a first-round pick in 2011. Since 2013, the Ravens have only drafted three corners – the late Tray Walker (2015), Marc Anthony (2013), and Asa Jackson (2012).

At a position that is vitally important, the Ravens have not been very active in the draft. Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta defended that fact Friday night, and still believed the Ravens could find a quality cornerback Saturday.

“I think we will,” DeCosta said Friday night. “You need a little luck sometimes, and it depends on the board, but there’s still a lot of good players at that position and other positions. The challenge for us will be to find those guys.”

Cornerbacks the Ravens could target include Juston Burris of N. C. State, Rashard Robinson of LSU, Zack Sanchez of Oklahoma, D. J. White of Georgia Tech, and Tavon Young of Temple. But if cornerback play becomes an issue for the Ravens next season, they may look at this draft as another missed opportunity to improve at that position.

 

'Pressure is on' Ravens heading into final day of NFL Draft

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'Pressure is on' Ravens heading into final day of NFL Draft

There is serious disagreement about how the Ravens have fared in the draft so far. However, here is something that cannot be argued. With eight picks still remaining, it is vitally important that the Ravens hit on the majority of their Day 3 picks.

“The pressure is on,” said Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta late Friday night. “We still have a lot of needs and a lot of really good players out there. We have a lot of guys that we’re going to target.”

The Ravens have already drafted left tackle Ronnie Stanley (first round), outside linebacker Kamalei Correa (second round), and defensive end Bronson Kaufusi (third round). However, many fans are dismayed that the Ravens traded back twice in the second round, and passed up the opportunity to draft either UCLA inside linebacker Myles Jack, or Eastern Kentucky pass rusher Noah Spence.

The Jaguars took a risk on the talented Jack and his knee issues by drafting him with the second-round pick they obtained from the Ravens. Clearly, Jack’s medical issues scared the Ravens away. Meanwhile Spence went at No. 39 to the Buccaneers before the Ravens took Correa at No. 42.

Four years from now, we will see if Correa is having a better NFL career than either Jack or Spence. But general manager Ozzie Newsome believes he made the right move.

“K. C. (Correa) was higher on our board than he (Spence) was,” Newsome said.

By taking Correa and Kaufusi, the Ravens believe they have acquired two versatile defenders who can improve their pass rush. Those two players had 46 ½ sacks between them in college. The Ravens needed to help Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil create pressure on quarterbacks, and believe they have done so.

However, here are three questions to ask heading into Round 3:

1. Can the Ravens still find a quality cornerback, with 15 corners already off the board?

2. Will it really pay off to have five fourth-round picks?

The Ravens’ fourth-round picks on the current roster are running backs Buck Allen (2015) and Lorenzo Taliaferro (2014), fullback Kyle Juszczyk (2013), tight end Dennis Pitta (2010), outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith (2015), and defensive end Brent Urban (2014).

However, the Ravens have missed on some other recent fourth-round picks like linebacker John Simon (2013), center Gino Gradkowski (2012), defensive back Christian Thompson (2012), and wide receiver Tandon Doss (2011).

3. Will the Ravens really use all eight picks they have left, or will they use some as trade bait?

If the Ravens draft eight more players, all of them are unlikely to make the roster, especially since they will also sign undrafted free agents.

Any way you slice it, the decisions the Ravens make Saturday will be crucial.

Depth and role players the focus for the Redskins on draft Saturday

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Depth and role players the focus for the Redskins on draft Saturday

The Redskins are going into the third and final day of the NFL draft looking for some more talent, more Scot McCloughan-type “football players” who will fit in with the culture that the GM is trying to build.

And while they should be able to find some players who will help them, both immediately and in the long term, they are unlikely to find many who will be able to start for them in 2016.

Let’s look at last year. There were 156 players selected on the final day of the 2015 draft. Of those, only nine started in at least half of their teams’ games. Far more third-day draft picks, 101 to be exact, didn’t start a single game.

The Redskins had two late-round players who started games last year. Safety and nickel back Kyshoen Jarrett started five games and slot receiver Jamison Crowder started six.

It’s not impossible to find a full-time starter on draft Saturday. In 2012 the Redskins drafted Alfred Morris in the sixth round. He started 16 games as a rookie and went on to start 72 straight games in four seasons.

And there is Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round pick the same year Morris came out, who started as a backup for two years and took advantage when he got his chance as the full-time starter last year.

But Morris and Cousins are very much exceptions. The Redskins are not banking on finding any starters, just players who will be good role players, reserves, and special teams contributors. If they find a Morris or a Cousins today it is a bonus.