The family of a toddler who was mauled to death by the family’s pit bulls could face charges in the girl’s death, authorities said.
Monica Renee Laminack, 21 months, was mauled to death by seven pit pulls in the backyard of her family’s home in Ellabell, Ga. on Wednesday, according to the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.
In a news conference posted online by WSAV-TV, Sheriff Clyde Smith said the dogs lived with the family.
“At some point there they started attacking the child, mauled her, drug her all over the yard,” he said.
Smith told local television station WTOC that a 12-year-old uncle was supposed to be watching the toddler. The attack was underway and the dogs were barking and making noise when a family member looked out and yelled that “they were killing Monica,” he said in the news conference.
The family rushed into the yard and pulled the dogs off the girl. Laminack’s 18-year-old mother “picked the child up and stated that she knew the child was dead at that time,” Smith said.