2 Arrested After Boy, 2, Mauled To Death In Colton Dog Attack
COLTON (CBSLA.com) — Two people were arrested Tuesday after a 2-year-old boy was killed in a dog attack in San Bernardino County.
Samuel Eli Zamudio’s paternal grandmother and 22-year-old uncle were arrested early Tuesday morning.
Police were called to a house in the 700 block of West Citrus Street around 5:30 p.m. Monday after Zamudio’s godmother Erica Vega and his grandmother reportedly found him naked and bloody in the backyard.
“I didn’t look like him, that’s all I can say,” said Vega. “I didn’t look like him. It wasn’t his little face.”
Zamudio, of Rialto, was in the care of his uncle while his mother was at work when he was attacked by a pack of Pit Bull-mix dogs in the backyard.
Vega believes he may opened a window and climbed out.
“He was just laying down, the grandma was crying, she didn’t know what to do,” said Vega.
The child was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Colton police say the grandmother was arrested because she owns the dogs, and his uncle was responsible for taking care of him.
CBS2’s Tom Wait reports the boy’s uncle was on parole when he was arrested. Zamudio reportedly spent two years in state prison for auto theft in 2009 and was arrested in 2011 for a DUI charge.
Both suspects are being held at the San Bernardino County Jail on $100,000 bail.
“They’re looking at felony endangerment of a child resulting in death,” Det. Ray Mendez said.
Police posted a sign notifying the neighborhood the seven to eight dogs that lived at the home had been seized and impounded by Animal Control.
Five of the dogs were Pit Bull mixes. The dogs were reportedly euthanized.
The investigation is ongoing.
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