Pit bull owner is charged with MURDER for fatal mauling of a nine-year-old girl

Mail Online | 8/22/2019 | Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com
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A Detroit dog owner was charged on Thursday with murder and other criminal counts in connection with the death of nine-year-year-old Emma Hernandez, who was mauled by his three pit bulls while riding her bicycle near her home.

Pierre Cleveland, 33, was arranged this afternoon on charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a dangerous animal causing death, Wayne County prosecutors said. His lawyer entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Cleveland - Dogs - Bystander - Crew - Emma

One of Cleveland's dogs was shot by a bystander while a medical crew tried to save Emma in an alley on Detroit's west side on Monday afternoon.

The other dogs were captured. Neighbors threw bricks at the dogs to try to stop the attack, police said.

Emma - Injuries - Throat - Body - Brother

Emma suffered severe injuries to her throat and body. Her 13-year-old brother was with her at the time. She died later at a hospital.

The children's father, Armando Hernandez, said earlier this week the dogs lived at a house behind his, and he had an argument a week prior with Cleveland about them.

Hernandez - Dogs - Fence

Hernandez said the dogs weren’t properly restrained and the fence was too flimsy.

Prosecutors allege Cleveland left the dogs 'that he knew were dangerous, loose and unsecured' in his backyard and went to a nearby store.

Investigators - Fence - Side - Door - Garage

Investigators say the fence was damaged and unsecured, and a side door on a garage was open, leading to the alley where Emma was attacked.

'It is horrible to imagine what Emma went through as she was being mauled to death by vicious dogs allegedly owned by the defendant,' Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. 'It is high time that the City of Detroit shines a light on the owners of these dangerous animals that sometimes roam and wreak serious havoc -- none worse than what happened here.'

Animal - Control - Officers - Complaint - March

Animal control officers received a complaint in March...
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