Dog Owners Arrested After Child Mauled to Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ABILENE, Texas -- Two people face second-degree felony charges in the dog-mauling death of a 7-year-old Breckenridge child who was killed by their pit bulls.

The Stephens County Sheriff's Office arrested 45-year-old Jack Smith and 27-year-old Crystal Watson. They each face a felony charge of a dog attack resulting in a death, which is punishable by 20 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.

Bail for each person was set at $250,000 each. Both remain in custody.

Seven-year-old Tanner Joshua Monk of Breckenridge died May 18 after he was attacked by pit bulls while playing outside near his rural home.

Two of the put bulls were shot on site, while two more remain at an animal shelter. A hearing is scheduled for tomorrow at which the dogs' fate will be decided.

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