Three pit bulls attacked and killed a 9-year-old California boy on Jan. 3, according to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office.
Officers discovered Tyler Trammell-Huston in a trailer home at around 10 a.m. in Linda, California with severe wounds after responding to a 911 call. Tyler was rushed to hospital, but later died.
Detectives say Tyler's older half-sister, Alexandria Griffin-Heady, 24, went to work and left the boy home alone with the dogs, KTLA reported.
"When she came back she found the little boy, called 911 and found out that that's when the dogs attacked him,” family attorney Roberto Marquez told KCRA.
A memo was posted outside the family home on Jan. 4, reading: “Family in anguish and mourning. Please respect our privacy. God bless.”
Video showing Griffin-Heady playing with her three dogs, an older dog and two young pit bulls was posted on YouTube. The sheriff’s department says the dogs in the video are the ones that attacked Tyler.
"When she left these dogs, and two were in the kennel by the way. The mother dog was not in the kennel, but the other two somehow got out of their kennel in the RV,” Marquez said. “[Griffin-Heady] had no reason to believe that these dogs would pose any threat at all to her younger brother.”
The lawyer said Tyler was in foster care and Griffin-Heady was permitted to have overnight, unsupervised visits with the young boy through Child Protective Services.
The 9-year-old’s aunt said she was worried about the living circumstances and notified CPS. Marquez said Tyler was safe.
"I think CPS did their job and they did it right,” Marquez said. “[CPS] did a good job at evaluating the living situation, and they determined that it was a safe environment."
CPS released a statement saying: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of this child. CPS is continuing to work with Yuba County law enforcement during this investigation."
Animal control services, who had custody of the dogs, said the three pit bulls had no history of violence.
According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation is still in progress and no charges have been made at this time.
In December, a 4-year-old Detroit boy who was fatally attacked by pit bulls made headlines across the country.
According to CNN, A group of "vicious" pit bulls grabbed the boy away from his mother as the two were walking down the street, and then mauled him to death.