UPDATE: No charges to be filed in fatal dog attack of Michigan child
No charges will be filed after a dog attacked and killed a four-year-old Michigan girl last month, and officials say the dog involved, will be put down.
It happened on October 23 around 4 p.m. in St. Joseph County at a home near Fish Lake. The dog was said to be a large Doberman mix and the family had apparently acquired it the same day of the incident.
St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough had this to say Thursday about the investigation:
“I have had the opportunity to review all of the information regarding the death and have concluded that there is not sufficient evidence to authorize charges in this matter. There is absolutely zero evidence to show this dog had any aggressive tendencies whatsoever or that there was anything that the previous owner knew and did not disclose. This young child was left unsupervised with a new animal and something triggered the dog to attack. If anything, this is an incident where a parent turned away for a short period of time, like all parents do, and this horrific and tragic event occurred. My prayers go out to everyone involved especially the young victim’s loved ones. The dog involved in the incident is scheduled to be put to rest at the St. Joseph County Animal Control Office.”
Kiyana McNeal’s mother was also hurt when she tried to get the dog off of her daughter, but her injuries were not life threatening.