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Hamilton County deputy's K-9 bites child

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Posted at 6:19 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 18:19:37-04

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio -- A Hamilton County deputy's K-9 partner bit a child at the deputy's home Friday, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Although the child was not seriously injured, the deputy, Matt Alexander, could face disciplinary action for the incident.

Authorities said the child was visiting Alexander's child at the home for a playdate. The visiting child saw the dog, recent K-9 program graduate Brutus, and approached him excitedly. Brutus, apparently perceiving a threat, lashed out and bit the child on the ear.

The child received stitches for the bite, according to the sheriff's department, and did not sustain any other injuries.

Alexander and Brutus graduated from 2016 Canine State Certification classes August 5, according to a news release sent by the sheriff's department earlier this month.