A Hartwell, Georgia, woman is facing murder charges after her two pit bulls reportedly mauled her toddler grandson to death.
Sandra Bowers Adams, 70, was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree cruelty to children, and involuntary manslaughter following the death of Paris Adams. In a news release, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) revealed that Sandra’s two dogs attacked the 21-month-old outside her home Tuesday afternoon.
GBI investigators said the woman’s pit bulls knocked the boy to the ground and started mauling him. Sandra supposedly attempted to shield the child and pull him away from the dogs. The grandmother secured her pets before taking Paris and the boy’s mother to urgent care. The toddler died from his injuries a short time later.
“It was horrific,” Hartwell Police Chief Anthony Davis told WYFF.
Speaking with WSPA, Chief Davis claimed that Paris sustained several bites and tears to the neck and head during the brutal ordeal. He also said that the department has never received complaints about Sandra’s dogs being aggressive but has gotten calls about their barking. However, the GBI pointed out that the Hartwell Police Department has cited her several times for having disorderly animals.
“We’ve answered calls at the residence in the past,” Chief Davis said. “Loud dogs, barking dogs, dogs chasing someone—but never a bite.”
An autopsy for the victim was scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Sandra purportedly gave authorities permission to euthanize the two canines involved in the alleged attack. WYFF reported that she was released on $50,000 bond.
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