Conn. aunt charged in tot's pit bull mauling death
WEST HAVEN, Conn.—A Connecticut woman has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the mauling death of her toddler niece by three pit bulls.
Police say 30-year-old Erica Hobdy was also charged Thursday with reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor in the death of 20-month-old Neveah Bryant.
The girl was mauled by three pit bulls on Sept. 30 while she was in Hobdy's apartment. She later died at a hospital.
Hobdy has said the child and dogs were in separate rooms with the door closed when she left to buy a drink. She says she came home to find Neveah had been attacked.
The child's death was ruled an accident by the state medical examiner.
The animals were killed by police.