No charges after pit bulls kill boy

RIVERVIEW, Fla. -- Hillsborough deputies say there will be no charges filed after a young boy was mauled to death by two pit bulls earlier this month.

4-year-old Logan Shepard was attacked by the dogs on the night of July 19 after being left without adult supervision.

"We have determined that the evidence does not prove the criminal intent required for the charge of child neglect or the charge of aggravated manslaughter," the state attorney said in a letter to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office. "While the evidence indicates that the adult caregivers went into a room and left the child in the care of a 15-year-old child, delegation of caregiver responsibility to another person, including a minor, does not necessarily constitute child neglect."

READ: The State Attorney's letter deciding not to prosecute (PDF)

The state attorney notes that adults in the household admitted to smoking marijuana, but because investigators were unable to recover any drugs at the scene, no charges of possession of marijuana would be filed.


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