After a 2-year-old boy was mauled to death by pit bull mix dogs in Colton
yesterday, the toddler's grandmother and uncle were arrested and booked
for suspected assault resulting in the death of a child below the age
of 8, according to a San Bernardino County Sun article. A Colton police
detective told The Sun that this is the type of offense that is usually
applied for "horrific child abuse" cases.
The boy's grandmother (42) and uncle (22) were taken to the West Valley
Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. The mauling by the five pit bull
mix dogs occurred in a back yard while the boy was visiting relatives,
the news story reported. According to a Press-Enterprise article reporting
on the same event, the boy is said to have been staying with the relatives
while his parents were working. The toddler was in a back room with his
7-year-old brother before the attack occurred, and the body's godmother
has stated that she believes that he was possibly leaning out the window
in an attempt to see the dogs. The boy was found in the backyard after
the grandmother went to check on him. He was then taken to the hospital,
where he was pronounced dead.
Cases of potential child abuse, child neglect or assault on children are
taken very seriously, especially when deaths are involved. This case in
Colton is a perfect example of scenarios in which people are carrying
out their everyday lives only find themselves facing tragedy and criminal
allegations. Have you been accused of a crime in either the Riverside
or San Bernardino area? At the Law Offices of Paul Grech, we have
Riverside criminal defense attorneys who serve both of these areas. All of the partners at our
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