Adults Home When Dogs Killed Toddler

A who slipped outside through a doggie door was mauled to death by her family's seven in the backyard while the attack went unnoticed by the child's mother and other relatives inside their , a said Thursday.

Bryan County Sheriff said the child's grandmother told she was lying in bed when she heard the pit bulls and pit bull mixes barking, and she looked outside her window to see them dragging the girl. Smith said she began yelling, “They're killing Monica!”

It was too late. , who would have turned 2 on June 1, was dead by the time an ambulance arrived Wednesday evening. Animal control officers used drugs to euthanize the dogs at the home on a rural road in tiny Ellabell, about 30 miles west of Savannah. Deputies found the girl's shoes, diaper and shredded clothing scattered across the fenced-in yard, Smith said.

“They had dragged the child all over the yard. … They tore her clothes all up,” Smith said.

The toddler lived in a modest, two-story house tucked away from the main road. The sheriff said four generations of the same family shared the home, including the child's 18-year-old mother, grandparents and two uncles who are still young boys.

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The girl's grandmother, Michelle McIntyre, sat weeping on the tailgate of a pickup outside the home Thursday. Summer Laminack, the child's mother, sat next to her staring silently at the ground.

“She's in shock,” Barbara Brauda, a friend who was visiting the family, told The Associated Press before a man approached and asked a reporter to leave the property. “She hasn't been doing a whole lot of crying because she's still numb.”

The sheriff said at least three adult relatives were inside the home when the dogs the girl outside. No criminal charges had been filed Thursday. Smith said he expects charges will be brought after he's had a chance to discuss the case with the district attorney and the girl's family has been given time to hold her funeral.

“I can see child neglect at the very minimum,” Smith said.

Relatives told investigators the dogs that mauled the child were essentially family — a mother dog and six offspring from a litter she had about 16 months ago, the sheriff said.

The dogs had their own doggie doors that let them come in and out of the house as they pleased. The family told deputies the dogs had never attacked a person, though one of them might have killed a cat, Smith said. He said relatives insisted the toddler would play with the dogs and even “use them as pillows while watching TV.”

Smith said the dogs looked healthy and well-fed, and investigators found no signs they were being used as fighting dogs by their owners.

“They said they have never been aggressive to other people,” he said. “Why they got started I have no idea.”

Christy Lamica lives across the street from the home where the girl was killed. She said she's seen neighbors walking pit bulls on leashes along the street but isn't sure where the owners live.

“Everybody on this street has dogs, and everybody pretty much keeps to themselves,” said Lamica, who said she doesn't know the family of the mauled toddler. “Their dogs don't get out, and we never hear anything from them. I'm home all day, and I've never had issues.”

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    • orientzan
    • March 29, 2013

    Still a week attend to explain instinct through evolution theory ¡¡. I meen its trying to understand based on the weakest piont a theory …darwin him self just jumped on instinct , t

    • Gorilla Toby
    • March 29, 2013

    What are about domesticated felines? (cats).

    • Ettina Kitten
    • March 29, 2013

    They have been studied a lot less. However, at least some of the findings here have been duplicated in cats – for example, cats can follow pointing as well. However, dogs were domesticated earlier, so cats probably show a lesser effect. Personally I think they should study all our domesticated pets/working animals (including animals such as horses, oxen, etc) to get a full picture of domestication. Do you see the same pattern of effects in different families and orders of species?

    • khsalli
    • March 29, 2013

    Very nice insights and findings…now I love my dog even more 🙂

    • mcfoolskully
    • March 29, 2013

    These people cannot be right, the bible says the Earth is just over 6000 years old.

    • MrThomaschannel
    • March 29, 2013

    The bible is written by people too

    • j0hnl0cker
    • March 29, 2013

    Watch the national geographic science of dogs @ watch?v=nj8SfPU037o

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    • March 29, 2013

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    • Florencia F
    • March 29, 2013


    • Skorpi00007
    • March 29, 2013

    @mcfoolskully perhaps you should not simply believe everything that book of yours says.

    • Skorpi00007
    • March 29, 2013

    @Skywalker91 have you not finished the video? They found a way to domesticate fox they could use the same breeding technique on the wolves. And btw if you interested in human wolves relationship i watched this amazing documentary abou this couple which lived with wolves and has been accepted by them. It’s called living with wolves its worth a watch if you wanted to see human try to tame wolves.

    • MinockerSpanichle
    • March 29, 2013

    People shouldn’t opress other people’s beliefs…

    • Skorpi00007
    • March 29, 2013

    @MinockerSpanichle what? Why would you tell me this? I didn oppress anyones believe, everyone is entotled to state their opinion if its harmless but doing so you should expect feedback such as criticism. I simply told him that he should not use his argument that the world is only 6000 thousand years old as a fact. Because its just a believe.

    • Blood Serpent
    • March 29, 2013

    She fucking deserved that bite…
    Locking up foxes like that in cages??
    those fucking tards..

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