Georgia toddler mauled to death by 2 pit bulls
Posted August 2
Updated August 3
HARTWELL, Ga. — A toddler mauled by two pit bulls in Georgia has died.
News outlets report that Hart County Deputy Coroner Scott Boleman says the 20-month-old boy was attacked in the backyard of a Hartwell home Tuesday. Boleman says the child's parents took him to Reddy Urgent Care, where he was pronounced dead.
In a news release, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the boy was at his grandmother's house when he was attacked. Officials said Sandra Adams, the boy's grandmother, was outside with the boy when she tried to walk back into the house.
When Adams opened the door, the two dogs ran out, knocked Adams over and attacked the child. The GBI said Adams tried to shield the boy from the dogs and was eventually able to pull the dogs away and get them back inside.
Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland says the child lived at the home with the dogs. He says the dogs will be observed for the next 24 to 48 hours before being euthanized.
The GBI said Adams had been previously cited under a city ordinance for maintaining disorderly animals.
The child's identity has not been released.