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Georgia toddler mauled to death by 2 pit bulls

Posted August 2
Updated August 3

— 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.


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  • Reggie Berryman Aug 3, 10:26 p.m.
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    How many times does this have to happen...Dogs have teeth and they will bite!

  • Richard Eskridge Aug 3, 12:22 p.m.
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    The thing I don't understand about dog owners, they assume everybody likes that their animal jumps up on them. "Oh, they are just being friendly." Grandma gonna go to jail in Georgia.

  • Benjamin Kite Aug 3, 11:51 a.m.
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    And speaking of selection, Wayne. Darwin's contribution was not needed. Pit Bulls were selected by mankind to exhibit aggression. The one's that aren't aggressive enough to this day, are still actively being removed from the pit bull gene pool ensuring future aggression. There is no mystery here, but there is a scientific explanation.

  • Wayne Hill Aug 3, 11:16 a.m.
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    A needless tragedy. I know the event will be seared in to the Grandmother's everlasting memory. That will be the real punishment. Unfortunately in society we cannot determine who is irresponsible and inept when they obtain dangerous material possessions. Guns, Pit Bulls, Automobiles, Alcohol et al. It would just be nice if Darwin took out the irresponsible individual and not the innocent bystander.

  • Malakai Bluebone Aug 3, 9:24 a.m.
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    Thankfully the grandmother was charged with murder in this case. I think it should be the same with any pit bull owner, if the dog attacks the owners face charges. Doesn't matter if it attacks a person or someone's pet, the owners get charged. Assault, cruelty to animals, whatever. And prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.