Toddler's Death in Pit Bull Attack in Colton Leads to Arrests

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 Grech & Packer, we have Riverside criminal defense attorneys who serve both of these areas. All of the partners at our criminal defense law firm are board-certified criminal law specialists. Contact us so we can assist you with your case!