Mom in pit bull attack can live at home until trial, allowed no pets

CINCINNATI – An owner of two pit bulls that mauled a 6-year-old Westwood girl in early June is allowed to live at home until her trial begins.

Volores White, 41, appeared in court Monday. A judge said she could live at home on the condition she own no pets.

Police say White and her son, 24-year-old Zontae Irby, own the pit bulls that attacked Zainabou Drame in front of her home in the 2900 block of Aquadale Lane on June 4.

While the two are facing drug charges, neither has been charged in the pit bull attack.

Cincinnati police said Irby and White, who live together, used the pit bulls to guard a criminal operation next door to Drame’s home.

White is charged with one count of permitting drug abuse, a felony. If convicted, she faces a possible two years in prison.

Irby is charged with one count of trafficking in marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana and one count of receiving stolen property – all felonies. He was also charged with receiving stolen property after police found a gun in his home. 

If convicted of all charges, Irby faces the possibility of eight-and-a-half years in prison.

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White will be back in court June 24.

A friend of Drame's family, Jacqueline Cox, told WCPO the 6-year-old underwent a six-hour surgery last week.

During the procedure, Cox said Drame’s sutures were cleaned and dead skin was removed from her throat.

She said doctors do not believe they can save her tongue and she may never speak again.

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