EXCLUSIVE: Survivor Of Pit Bull Attack Speaks With The B-Town Blog, Part 2
[EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final segment of our interview with Inga Isakson (read Part 1 here), one of two people seriously injured in a beating and animal attack last summer in the Sea-Tac neighborhood. Snaps, the Pit Bull that had been abused by four juveniles before biting Inga and another woman in the attack, is being cared for at Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks. Following the attack, Inga and many others lobbied to save Snaps from being euthanized. A 16-year old girl was sentenced this past fall to 14 months in a juvenile detention center, having pleaded guilty to single counts of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and being a minor in possession of alcohol.]
by Mark Neuman
Inga Isakson told The B-Town Blog previously how she attempted to free Snaps, a Pit Bull, from the beating four young people were putting him through one sunny Sunday evening this past June north of SeaTac airport.
The oldest of the children, a girl who was 15-years old at the time, turned on Inga, hitting her repeatedly, then siccing the Pit Bull on her, as well as on another woman who came to Ingaâ€™s aid.
Inga attended the girlâ€™s sentencing hearing this past October and addressed the court, speaking directly to the girl, who had subsequently reached her sixteenth birthday.
â€œAt the sentencing I just stood and spoke from my heart,â€ Inga told us. â€œI told (the girl) I was beaten horribly as a child.
â€œWhen the girl was beating me it reminded me ofÂ my childhood. It all came back to me.
â€œI told her in court that I come from a broken home. I had terrible stepdads, six of them. It (the girlâ€™s actions) brought it all back to me. All that horror of being beaten.
â€œAnd (the girl) just fell apart in court. She just started sobbing and sobbing. She couldnâ€™t stop crying. It was real, true crying.
â€œâ€˜I think that your parents should be going to jail for this,â€™ I told her. I said â€˜I wish they could go to jail for you. But you need to learn that what you did was wrong.â€™
â€œI said to her â€˜I think there is a beautiful person in you. You just snapped that day. Iâ€™d like to be an advocate for you.â€™
â€œAnd then they had her talk. And she was crying so hard.â€
Inga told us that the girl said in court that every night she would pray that Inga would forgive her, and that she knew what she did was terrible.
â€œShe has been a kid raising herself. She was lost,â€ Inga said
The girl wrote a letter to Inga a few weeks after sentencing.
â€œI wrote her back and told her she is going to run into every kind of person (at the juvenile center) and to try to find her passion, and find people who could help her find the beautiful person that is inside her,â€ Inga said.
In her letter Inga told the girl â€œsheâ€™s going to be challenged every day and to try to hold up under it. I tried to give her advice and be friendly.
â€œI told her â€˜to do what you’re supposed to do.â€™â€
The girl, in her letter to Inga, said she was embarrassed about what had happened and that she has been praying that she would be forgiven and that she still canâ€™t believe that Inga was willing to forgive her.
â€œShe wrote it with a pencil, a full page letter. I really liked her thinking. She obviously is a smart girl.â€
The girlâ€™s father spoke at the hearing.
Inga quoted him as saying: â€œI am (the girlâ€™s) real father. I lost contact with her when she was six months old. I take as much responsibility as anybody in this courtroom as to why she is the way she is because I have been a completely absent father.
â€œI want to try to be with my daughter. I know itâ€™s really late, but I want to see what I can do.â€
â€œI hope that her dad does what he says heâ€™s going to do,â€ Inga said. â€œMaybe he can go to her. I canâ€™t imagine her going back to (her original) school after being in juvenile detention for a year. Sheâ€™d just get taunted and torn apart.
â€œI want to know how the story goes for her.
â€œPeople have got to step up,â€ Inga Isakson told us. â€œOur communities are going downhill. But I believe if we all take a step to make our communities better, thatâ€™s all it takes. Itâ€™s just one step at a time.
And Iâ€™ll do it.â€