A judge has ordered a California man to stand trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal mauling of his 2-year-old step-grandson by pit bulls.
Contra Costa County Judge Clare Maier on Thursday decided to increase the charges against 53-year-old Steven Hayashi of Concord from felony child abuse and owning a mischievous animal that caused death, to involuntary manslaughter. She issued the ruling at the conclusion of Hayashi's preliminary hearing.
Maier rejected prosecutors' request that Hayashi be charged with second-degree murder in Jacob Bisbee's July 2010 death.
Authorities say Hayashi was not at home when Bisbee was attacked by at least three pit bulls in Hayashi's garage. The boy had been left unsupervised.
Hayashi's attorney has argued that Jacob's father is to blame because he didn't arrange for child care.