Chief Davis said police received a report that a bitten child was at an urgent care center, but found a more serious situation when they arrived there Tuesday afternoon. Chief Davis said the child had several bites and tears to his head and neck.
Authorities say the boy’s grandmother, 70-year-old Sandra Bowers Adams, has been charged with second-degree murder, 2nd degree cruelty to children and involuntary manslaughter.
She released on $50,000 bond.
She consented to euthanizing the dogs and they will be put down sometime this week.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said in a news release that Sandra Adams was babysitting the child when he was attacked as they tried entering her home on Highland Avenue.
Investigators say Adams was knocked to the ground before the dogs attacked the boy and that she tried to shield him and pull the dogs away from the child. She eventually managed to get the dogs back inside the home and took her grandson – along with the boy’s mom – to a nearby urgent care center where the GBI says he was pronounced dead at 3:36 p.m. Tuesday.
Chief Davis told 7News that police had not received complaints about the dogs being aggressive in the past and only had complaints about barking. However, the GBI said in its release that information indicates that Sandra Adams had been cited multiple times by the Hartwell Police Department for an ordinance maintaining disorderly animals.
The GBI secured the dogs, which were taken to separate kennels for observation and tests.
Local and state officials continue to investigate the child’s death.
An autopsy of the victim is scheduled Wednesday morning.