Levi Watson – 4-years old | Bradford, AR (11/8/13) DBRF #27 3

Levi Watson cowboy hat

Levi Watson butterfly

Levi Watson head stone

Levi Watson kiss

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One Bite Too Many

By Gail Benford Sizemore.

Levi was my son. I wanted him very much. I was almost 40 years old before I could conceive him. He was my baby. He was all I had. His dad, (not DNA dad) Johnny worked 3 jobs to support us and he did that well. He’s a track hoe operator for Prairie County Road Department. He also worked for the city of DeValls Bluff.

Levi grew up around farming and John Deere Tractors in Des Arc, Arkansas. The farmers would give him rides on them awesome tractors.

But most of all Levi wanted to be a police officer. It was his dream. His daddy’s best friends were the chief of police and Prairie county deputies Mark Spain and Ronnie Joshlin. He looked up to those guys. He would’ve been the best damn cop there ever was.

Levi touched many lives and losing him destroyed me, my home life, everything. I had to move away. I still have what I call the Vietnam flash backs. There was so much blood and I was the one who had to put my fingers in his jugular veins to try and plug the holes where he just bled to death in my arms.

It was only one bite. (By the family pit bull) One bite too many. A very loving mother Deborah Gail Sizemore. We were visiting. I was not the dog owner.


-Police identify boy killed in dog attack in White County

-Family Members Mourn 4-Year-Old Killed In Dog Attack

-Levi Watson – A child victim of Pit Bull Dogs in Arkansas

-County detectives have completed their investigation into the death of 4-year old Levi Watson

-Levi Watson – 4-years old | Bradford, AR




American Pit Bull Terrier

*The American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights7,8,9. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets10,11. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers12  

In North America, from 1982-2013, Pit Bull breeds and mixes have seriously attacked 2,990 humans that resulted in 1,777 maimings and 275 deaths.





This is a list of dog breeds that have a history of being potentially dangerous to people, especially children. Daxton’s Friends for Canine Education and Awareness understands that any dog has the ability to bite or inflict serious harm to humans. This list consists of several dog breeds that have a higher than average number of recorded human fatalities. Please use extreme caution if you choose to bring one of these breeds into your home. Rental communities and homeowners insurance may restrict many of the dog breeds on this list due to the likelihood of a serious incident.

Pit Bulls, Mastiff, and Rottweiler lead in fatalities and are listed first. The rest of the breeds are listed in alphabetical order:

Pit Bull Terrier Family





Alaskan Malamute

Chow Chow

Doberman Pinscher

German Shepherd

Shar Pei

Siberian Husky

Wolf Hybrid

3 thoughts on “Levi Watson – 4-years old | Bradford, AR (11/8/13) DBRF #27

  • Robert Vahle

    I love Levi, without ever meeting him. His story will forever be in my thoughts. My son is everything to me, all my children. I am now proud to say, I was an over protective parent.

  • Dava

    So so horrible and sad. My love is sent to you for the loss of your only child. I will tell everyone I know how dangerous pit bulls are. If I can prevent one more Levi from being killed, your message will not be in vain.

  • Jeannie Hancock

    i met Gail on Facebook, we live in the same small town, years later and she still suffers every day and every night, it would have been so much easier for her if the dang dog had killed her. She know little Levi is safe, happy and loved with Jesus, but what she saw that day and the empty hole in her heart make everyday life incredibly difficult, I have grown to love her and pray for her just as I do my own children and grandchildren, how I pray people will some day soon realize these things (pit bulls) should not be pets any more than African lions! I am sure if you raised a lion from a cub many of them would never attack you either….but it is the inherent danger that makes them be outlawed!

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