Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Veterinarian accused of putting son, 4, in dog crate
The boy's mother got a text message from her husband, saying that he had put the boy in jail.
By DENISE DICK
BOARDMAN A Sylvia Lane man, who works as a veterinarian, is expected in court today, accused of keeping his 4-year-old son in a dog crate.
Police arrested Joseph Mullarkey, 39, Monday afternoon as he returned from lunch to work at the Ebert Animal Hospital, Southern Boulevard. Mullarkey is charged with felony child endangering.
Sgt. Chuck Hillman said that Mullarkey's wife came to the police station Friday to report the incident, which occurred in late November.
Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said the woman, who is deaf, was away from home when she got a text message from her husband saying that he had put the couple's 4-year-old son in jail. The woman told police that the boy was covered in dog hair and what was believed to be his own urine, the sergeant said.
The family has dogs.
Hillman said that the woman indicated she didn't report the incident sooner because she was afraid. She told an acquaintance who urged her to call police, he said.
When police talked to the boy, he referred to the same dog crate that his mother had, the chief said.
The boy wasn't injured. Hillman said the confinement of the boy in the dog crate is believed to have lasted for about two hours. Police said they believe punishment of the boy was the reason.
Hillman said that Mullarkey declined to make a statement to police when they picked him up. After booking, the veterinarian was transported to the Mahoning County Jail where he remained Monday evening.