A medical examiner’s report following the Dec. 3 death of Rebecca Hardy has concluded that the 22-year-old committed suicide.
Hardy, of Port Huron, Michigan, was mauled to death by a pit bull and a pit bull husky mix, the Port Huron Times Herald reported.
“She climbed the fence and jumped in and basically subjected herself to the attacks, which constitutes a purposeful act,” Oakland County chief medical examiner Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic said, according to the Times Herald.
Matthew Grattan, Hardy’s fiance, was surprised by the ruling.
“I, in no way shape or form, believe that she was looking to hurt herself on that day,” he told the Times Herald.
“She had a little girl … She wanted us to be a family,” he added.
Hardy’s daughter was 18 months old.
Hardy had reportedly been thrown out of her home, and Dragovic said she had a history of suicide attempts.
“It’s a sad story, but these are the facts,” Dragovic added.
Port Huron police have not yet announced if there will be any charges in the incident. The dogs involved were euthanized with the owner’s consent Dec. 3.
“The investigation is still ongoing by the Port Huron Police Department,” St. Clair Prosecutor Michael Wendling said. “They are still interviewing people. They are still collecting evidence.”
Hardy’s death occurred just a day after a 4-year-old boy was mauled to death in Detroit by pit bulls.
In that incident, the pit bulls rushed Lucille Strickland and her son Xavier, dragging the boy away during the attack.
“They were so strong,” Strickland told the Detroit Free Press. “They just snatched him.”
But Dragovic maintains the two cases were different.
“Each and every case is different and the circumstances are critical to making that determination,” Dragovic told the Times Herald.
A toxicology report is also pending.