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Boy's photo a reminder of mauling

WICKLIFFE, Ky. -- A woman whose dog mauled a 5-year-old boy to death was ordered to serve six months in jail with a picture of the child on her cell wall.

The 8-by-11-inch photograph of T. J. Adams was taken when he was hospitalized after the attack in June 2002.

Latasha Laster, 23, will serve the sentence around her work and college schedule and must perform 300 hours of community service, Judge Will Shadoan ruled Friday.

"She's done a very stupid thing," Shadoan said. "It cost a little boy his life."

Laster pleaded guilty to reckless homicide.

T. J. was visiting his grandmother next door to Laster's home in Wickliffe, in western Kentucky, when he was attacked. He died two days later.

Investigators said the 70-pound wolf hybrid was on a 20-foot chain, which allowed the dog to cross into the grandmother's property and attack the child.

Authorities shot the animal after the attack.

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