MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The sister of a 9-year-old boy who was mauled to death by her pit bulls inside her trailer said Wednesday she will never forgive herself and that she has signed papers giving authorities permission to put the three dogs down.
Alexandria Griffin-Heady said her brother had been around the animals frequently and that she had never known them to be aggressive toward humans.
Griffin-Heady, 24, said that on Sunday she left the dogs secured in a crate and her brother sleeping when she left to go to work, something she had done before. When she returned home a few hours later she found the dogs loose and her brother's body, Griffin-Heady told reporters.
"My heart just died," she said, crying.
Griffin-Heady's attorney, Roberto Marquez, said she had overnight visitation rights with her half-brother Tyler, who was in Sacramento County's foster care system and would often stay with her in Linda, about 40 miles north of Sacramento. He said Griffin-Heady and her brother were from a broken home and she was attempting to adopt him.
"I will never forgive myself for losing him. I promised him I would protect him and never leave him," she said.
Yuba County authorities are still considering whether to seek criminal charges against her.