Thursday, July 22, 2010

Family Pit Bulls Kill Concord Toddler

From CBS 5

A 2-year-old boy was killed Thursday morning when he was attacked by his family's pit bulls, Concord police Lt. Jim Lardieri said.

Police and animal control officers headed to a home in the 1700 block of Trail Creek Court at about 8:45 a.m. after receiving a report that a child had been attacked by dogs.

Investigators determined that the boy had been home with two adult family members when he walked into the garage and was attacked by the dogs, Lardieri said.

The boy was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, Lardieri said.

Police are working with the Contra Costa County Animal Services Department to investigate the case.

Update July 22, 2010 11:33am -  The following article is from San Francisco Chronicle:

Pack of pit bulls kill Concord toddler inside family garage this morning

Three pit bulls killed a small child this morning inside the toddler's Concord home.
The following is from Lt. Jim Lardieri with the Concord Police....
On today's date just after 8:45 am, Concord Police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1700 block of Trail Creek Ct. regarding a small child who was the victim of a dog attack. Personnel from the Contra Costa County Animal Services Department were also dispatched.
The investigation revealed that a 2 year old male child was inside the residence with two adult family members and a young sibling. The 2 year old walked into the garage where three of the family's pit bulls were located. The dogs attacked the child causing severe injuries. The child was transported by ambulance to a local hospital where medical staff pronounced the child deceased.
The police department and animal services are working in conjunction with each other on this case and the investigation is continuing.

Update July 22, 2010 6:30pm - The following article is by Lori Preuitt, NBC Bay Area:
Pit Bulls Kill Concord Toddler

A 2-year-old boy was killed Thursday morning when he was attacked by his family's pit bulls.
Concord police Lt. Jim Lardieri said both police and animal control officers were called to a home in the 1700  block of Trail Creek Court at about 8:45 a.m. Thursday after receiving a report that a child had been attacked by dogs.
The boy reportedly wondered into the garage where the family kept their three pit bulls. 
Once the toddler got in the garage, the dogs viciously attacked him, according to police.
Two adult relatives and one other young sibling were home at the time. They were not the boy's parents, but a grandmother and uncle.
Neighbors say an extended family lives in the home.
The boy was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was  pronounced dead, according to Lardieri. 
The three dogs involved in the attack were taken away, as well as two other pit bulls the family had in the backyard.
Late Thursday all five dogs were euthanized. That included the two dogs who were not involved in the attack.
Police also arrested the boy's step grandfather, 52 year old Steven Hayashi.  He was not home at the time of the attack, but faces child endangerment and possessing a mischievous animal that causes death or great bodily injury charges and is being held on $120,000 bail.
Contra Costa County Supervisor Susan Bonilla released a statement  saying that the county's animal services department has no  record of any complaints or previous problems involving the dogs.

Update July 22, 2010 6:48pm - The following article is by The Associated Press, from Google News:

Owner of pitbulls that killed CA boy arrested

The owner of the pit bulls that attacked and killed a 2-year-old California boy has been arrested.
Police say Steven Hayashi was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of felony child endangerment and possession of mischievous animals that result in death.
The boy killed in the attack has been identified by the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office as Jacob Bisbee.
Authorities describe the 52-year-old Hayashi as the step-grandfather of the boy. He was being held on $125,000 bail. It was not known if Hayashi had hired an attorney.
Police say the child was attacked after walking into the garage where the three pitbulls were kept around 8:45 a.m. Thursday.
Authorities say the three pit bulls who attacked the boy, along with two other dogs that were in the home's yard, were euthanized within hours of the attack.

Update July 26, 2010 1:06pm - The following article is Malaika Fraley, Silicon Valley Mercury News:

Concord man charged in 2-year-old's death by pit bulls

A Concord man was charged today with two felonies in connection with a fatal pit bull attack that killed his 2-year-old step-grandson last week.
Steven Hayashi, 52, will be arraigned in a Martinez courtroom this afternoon on charges of child endangerment and owning a mischievous animal causing death, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office.
Jacob Bisbee, 2, was attacked and killed by three of his family's five pit bulls on Thursday in the garage of their home on Trailcreek Court. The door to the garage was supposed to be locked.
In a jailhouse interview with Bay Area News Group last week, a distraught Hayashi said he regrets that he kept the pit bulls despite past violent behavior, including the fatal mauling of a family Chihuahua last year. The five pit bulls were euthanized after the attack last week.
If convicted of the charges, Hayashi faces a penalty ranging from felony probation to up to six years and eight months in prison, prosecutor Dara Cashman said.

Update August 5, 2010 12:33pm - The following article is by Malaika Fraley, Contra Costa Times:

DA: Concord pit bulls killed three family pets before toddler's fatal mauling

A Concord man charged in his pit bulls' fatal mauling of his 2-year-old step-grandson pleaded not guilty this morning as new details emerged that the dogs had previously killed more than one family pet.
Steven Hayashi, 52, was charged last week with felony child abuse or neglect, and owning a mischievous animal causing death -- both felonies -- in connection with the death of toddler Jacob Dylan Bisbee on July 22. This week, the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office added a death enhancement to the child abuse charge.
Jacob was unsupervised when he was walked into the garage at the family home and was mauled by three pet pit bulls kept there, prosecutors said. Hayashi kept five pit bulls at the home and all were euthanized after the attack.
In a jailhouse interview July 23, a distraught Hayashi tearfully told Bay Area News Group that he regretted not removing the dogs from the home after the pit bulls showed prior aggressive behavior, including the killing of the family's pet Chihuahua sometime in the last year.
Prosecutor Mary Knox said today that the dogs killed two other family pets in the same time period -- a parrot and an Akita, a large-breed dog who had poked its head into a room containing the dogs. The mauling suffered by the Akita was so severe that its head was bitten off, Knox said.
The pit bulls also had showed prior aggression toward Jacob and his 4-year-old brother, Knox said.
Hayashi was caring for the two young children during the day, as their grandmother -- Hayashi's wife -- works a night shift as a nurse and routinely sleeps through the morning. The boys' father also lives at the residence, but he was not home at the time.The attack occurred after Hayashi left home that morning to play tennis with his 13-year-old son. Hayashi neither woke his wife nor asked his 19-year-old son who was home to care for the young brothers, and he admitted to police that he failed to secure either of the two locks on the garage door before leaving, Knox said.
"Child neglect caused the death of his grandson," Knox said.
Hayashi had been in jail for two weeks before he posted a $120,000 bail bond on Wednesday. Knox said she will argue at a hearing Monday for a bail increase of $100,000 in light of the new charge enhancement filed this week.
Hayashi declined to comment to reporters in the courtroom today, saying he had been advised by the Contra Costa Public Defenders Office, which now represents him, not to talk any more to the media.

Update July 15, 2011 - The following article is from The Washington Post:

California man facing trial in fatal mauling of 2-year-old boy by pit bulls

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.

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