The identity of a 6-year-old boy killed on Thursday by his aunt’s two Pit Bulls has been released by Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum. Sheriff McCallum told the Ocala Star-Banner that the young victim, Joel Chirieleison, was staying at his aunt’s home while his father was at work. The tragic incident occurred in Fanning Springs, Florida.
Heather Claar, the aunt, said she had watched the boy for several weeks during the day and had never had problems with the dogs before.
McCallum says the boy was followed outside by the Pit Bulls when he went to play. His aunt watched and said she didn't notice anything unusual, Journalnline reports.
The Sheriff said that the boy's father had custody of him and he was often watched by the aunt, and that it was routine for him to play while she watched television, according to the Daily Mail.
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On the day of the attack, the aunt and Joel’s grandfather were watching television together and when she looked outside, she saw the child’s lifeless body lying in the driveway.
The Sheriff says the dogs were seized and impounded by Levy County Animal Control after the attack and were scheduled for euthanasia on Friday, Journalonline reports.
Both dogs appeared to be in good condition and had current shots.
'It appears right now to be a terrible tragedy,' the Sheriff said. 'The family is incredibly distraught.'