'Babysitting' Doberman Led Police to Drugs

Chicago father arrested after dog and daughter were found alone together at train station.

By | Posted: August 21, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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A Doberman Pinscher, who was protecting a 2-year-old girl at a Chicago-area train station, eventually led police to a man who was charged with child endangerment and cocaine possession.

When commuters at the train station initially saw the toddler and her dog, no one could approach the girl because she also was holding the leash of the large, protective Doberman, which lunged and growled at one woman who came too close, according to DuPage County, Ill., prosecutors.

A passerby called police, who also were kept at bay by the dog. The cops later followed the dog and girl home, then charged her father with misdemeanor child endangerment and felony unlawful possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

On Aug. 16 the girl's father, 39-year-old Kenneth R. Johnson, was convicted of the drug charge. Johnson initially told investigators he hadn't realized the dog and his daughter had left the apartment last Oct. 10, authorities said.

But Johnson later offered a different version of events, saying he'd given his daughter permission to take the dog for a walk, according to the Illinois state attorney's office.

The girl, who wasn't injured, was placed in her mother's custody.

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