D.A. to decide next week whether to file charges in fatal dog attack

By Terri Harber October 11, 2013 08:50 am

By Terri Harber

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District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff said Thursday he expects to decide next week whether to file criminal charges in connection with the fatal pit bull attack on Jordan Ryan, age 5, of Baker City.

Shirtcliff said he’s still reviewing reports from the Baker City Police. The department completed its investigation about a week ago. The incident occurred Sept. 27 at the home of a friend of Jordan’s family, also in Baker City.

Shirtcliff said he will decide whether to file charges or take the case to a grand jury.

During their meeting on Tuesday, the Baker City Councilors agreed to have Police Chief Wyn Lohner oversee a committee to help control dangerous dogs by writing a draft ordinance. It will meet for the first time next week.

Jordan’s memorial service was Tuesday. Money is being collected to pay for the child’s funeral expenses.

There is a savings account at Wells Fargo Bank under the names of Michelle Ryan (his mother) and Jordan. 

Make checks payable to Michelle Ryan or Jordan Ryan, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 1205 Campbell St., Baker City, Oregon, 97814.

Any Wells Fargo branch can accept these donation deposits. 

There also was a public memorial service held Sept. 29 outside the building where Jordan attended kindergarten classes. 

More than 150 people, including a large number of youths, attended that event. The Baker school district also provided students troubled by Jordan’s death the opportunity to obtain counseling.

Send cards, letters and other items expressing support and concern for his relatives to this address: c/o The Jordan Ryan family, 2545 Grove St. ,Baker City, Oregon 97814.