Rottweiler raised from puppy by man who called himself “Nitemare”
WAYNESBORO, Virginia––Waynesboro, Virginia police officers and Augusta County Sheriff’s deputies on May 13, 2022 arrested the parents and grandparents of seven-year-old Olivia Grace Floyd, killed by a four-year-old family Rottweiler named Ranger on January 29, 2022.
The Rottweiler, acquired by adoptive grandfather Stephen Christopher Kachmar as a birthday present to himself in 2017, had been raised by family members from puppyhood.
Despite that upbringing, Ranger reportedly had prior attack history.
Most seriously, Ranger on September 11, 2020, reportedly pulled away from a woman who was walking him on a leash to maul a 23-year-old Waynesboro man who was walking near the owners’ home. The victim in that case was said to have suffered permanent scarring on his chest.
Indicted by the Waynesboro grand jury were Stephen Christopher Kachmar, 60, also known on social media as Chris Nitemare Kachmar; his wife, grandmother of the victim, Penny Lee Bashlor, 64; Brooks Anthony Floyd, 39, father of the victim; and his wife, mother of the victim, Alicia Rene Floyd, 37.
Charged with five offenses
Kachmar and Bashlor were each charged with five offenses, for which the maximum penalty could be 70 years in prison:
- Non-capital murder;
- Involuntary manslaughter;
- Child abuse causing serious injury;
- Child cruelty resulting in injury; and
- Keeping a vicious dog causing serious injury to a person.
Brooks Anthony Floyd and Alicia Rene Floyd were charged only with child cruelty resulting in injury, carrying a potential maximum sentence of up to five years in prison.
Held without bond
Kachmar and Bashlor were held without bond at the Middle River Regional Jail. Bond for Brooks Floyd, also held at the Middle River Regional Jail, has apparently not yet been set.
Alicia Floyd was released on a personal recognizance bond, apparently as primary caregiver for another child in the family.
Friends of the family objected on social media that, in their view, none should have been criminally charged.
Posted Stephanie Kachmar to Facebook, “My brother is a U.S. Army vet and my sister-in-law is an oncology nurse. They have spent their lives serving, protecting, and healing. Waynesboro should be more than shamed. This hurt goes much further than Virginia.”
Health care professionals should have known better
Altogether, three of the four family members now facing charges are health care professionals, who for that very reason might have been expected to recognize the potential risk in allowing a Rottweiler with serious bite history to be anywhere near children––and, for that matter, in keeping a Rottweiler at all.
Alicia Floyd has for almost 17 years been a registered nurse at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisburg, Virginia.
Brooks Floyd is a nurse practitioner in Staunton, Virginia.
Penny Bashlor, facing the heaviest charges along with her husband, has for more than 23 years been a nursing supervisor at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.
First of 21 dog attack fatalities thus far in 2022
Olivia Grace Floyd was the first U.S. dog attack fatality of 2022. The toll for 2022 now stands at 21 confirmed dog attack deaths, plus several probable dog attack deaths that are still under investigation.
Pit bulls inflicted 11 of the fatal attacks, six were inflicted by dogs not yet apprehended or identified by breed, two fatalities were by German shepherds, and one was by a Cane Corso.
Olivia Grace Floyd is so far the only Rottweiler fatality of 2022, but Rottweilers have killed 114 Americans and Canadians since 1982, a toll second only to the 566 Americans and Canadians killed by pit bulls.
The 435 disfiguring injuries inflicted by Rottweilers since 1982 are also second only to the 5,370 disfiguring injuries inflicted by pit bulls.