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Woman convicted in vicious dog attack asks for leniency

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A woman convicted in a vicious dog attack that left an 8-year-old girl fighting for her life wants to get out of jail early.

Tywann Vaughn was sentenced in January to 16 months behind bars. Wednesday afternoon, she asked DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Dax Lopez to reduce her sentence so she can attend her son's high school graduation and begin working to pay damages to the girl's family.

Vaughn's dogs mauled Erin Ingram as she played in her Lithonia neighborhood in 2010. The attack was so vicious, her injuries were so severe, doctors had to amputate part of the little girl's left arm to save her life.

Ingram's family is suing Vaughn for $15 million in damages, but Vaughn's lawyer said in court her client cannot pay while she's behind bars.

Tommie Ingram, the father of the little girl, said his daughter could have died. He wants Vaughn to serve her full term behind bars.

"She got off real light. She should serve more than four months," said Ingram.

Sherry Boston, the solicitor general for DeKalb County, said the courts have been lenient enough on Vaughn.

"The judge gave her 16 months, and after four months, she should not be released from jail," said Boston.

The judge could make a decision any day.

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