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Parents of 4-year-old Killed by Family Dogs in El Paso, Texas, are Arrested on a an Alleged Felony Charge

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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Two women were arrested on Friday, September 29, 2017, on charges related to the fatal dog mauling of their son, 4-year-old Jacob Brooks, on July 27, 2017. According to officers with the El Paso Police Department in El Paso, Texas, the child was mauled to death by family dogs. The women have each been charged with injury to a child by omission, which is a second-degree felony.

An investigation into Jacob’s death began when police officers were called to the home where he lived on July 27. Reportedly, the boy was left alone in an enclosed trampoline in the backyard, which is where four of the family’s ten dogs were roaming. Neighbors said that the child was horrifically attacked.

Two neighbors, Sebastian Hernandez and his brother, scaled the backyard fence during the dog attack in an attempt to save Jacob. They reportedly managed to remove one of the dogs and were almost bitten in the process. Jacob was already deceased by the time first responders arrived on the scene.

According to one of the child’s relatives, the dogs had never been aggressive before the deadly dog mauling.

After the attack, six dogs were removed from the home. Four dogs were involved in the fatal incident, including a pit bull mix that had been adopted by the family in February from El Paso Animal Services. The four dogs responsible for the boy’s death were euthanized on the day of the savage attack, according to animal control officials. In a document from animal services, the dogs involved in the fatal dog mauling were allegedly aggressive and starving.

Neighbors claimed that the family’s dogs were known for running loose in the neighborhood and behaving aggressively.

Both of the women arrested were taken to the El Paso County detention facility, each on $7,500 bonds. One of the women has bonded out and the other is still behind bars.

–Guest Contributor


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