Relatives of toddler mauled in pit bull attack ID'd, held on felony child endangerment charges

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Update 12:50 p.m.: Relatives ID'd, held on felony child endangerment charges

Colton police say they've arrested the uncle and grandmother of a child who was mauled to death Monday evening on charges of felony child endangerment.

Detective Ray Mendez told KPCC grandmother Eustolia Zamudio and uncle Marco Zamudio were both arrested. Eustolia was the owner of the house and the dogs that attacked and killed the toddler. Mendez said that Marco was being held as the primary caretaker. 

"Our investigators feel he was ultimately responsible for caring for the toddler," said Mendez. "And have reason to believe that had he been looking over the child, this probably wouldn't have happened."

He added that each mauling case is handled differently, taking into account the circumstances and the actions taken or not taken. The two are each being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. 

The victim, 2-year-old Samuel Zamudio, does have parents, but Mendez said they were not in custody of the child at the time. 

The case will go to the San Bernardino County district attorney Wednesday for review. 

10:28 a.m.: Pit bulls kill 2-year-old in Colton; grandmother, uncle in custody

Two relatives have been taken into custody following the mauling death of a 2-year-old by several dogs in Colton on Monday night. 

The toddler, identified as Samuel Zamudio, was killed when he was attacked by as many as five pit bulls and pit bull mixes, the L.A. Times reported. He was brought to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

NBC4 reports that the boy's grandmother and uncle were arrested after the attack. The station reports that the boy had been visiting them from Rialto when he went missing early Monday evening. Family members discovered him in the backyard, which was home to the family's seven to 10 pit bull mixes, ABC7 reported

The station interviewed a neighbor who told them the family had thought the boy was in the house playing.

"For about 20 minutes, they couldn't find him until they peeked in the back, and they saw him back there," said neighbor Kevin Cardiel. "He jumped out of the window, I'm guessing, to play with the dogs, and the dogs grabbed him."

The dogs were taken into custody by animal control.

The tragedy takes place several months after maulings in L.A.  and Riverside counties stoked debate about pet owners' responsibilities and accountability. On Tuesday, Riverside County supervisors are scheduled to consider an ordinance that would require mandatory spaying and neutering of pit bull and pit bull mixes.


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