Bryan County, GA – A 2-year-old-girl was killed in her backyard after seven seven dogs, all pit bulls or pit bull mixes, mauled her to death while her grandmother slept inside the house.
According to Bryan County Deputy Sheriff James Beatty, the girl’s grandmother woke up after hearing a commotion outside and discovered the dogs attacking 21-month-old Monica Renee Laminack in the backyard. She, along with other family members, rushed outside to pull the dogs off the girl, but she was already dead.
“When we got here and spoke to EMS, they told us that when they got here, she was already cold. There was nothing they could do,” Beatty said.
Police are not sure why the girl was alone with the dogs or what made them suddenly attack her. Beatty said the girl’s 12-year-old brother may have taken her out to play and forgot she was out there, or she may have gone out through a doggy door.
“Apparently what happened is the child and the dogs were all in the house together and exited the house through the doggie door,” Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith said during a press conference Thursday morning in Pembroke. “The dogs apparently live in the house also … and they all went outside and at some point they started attacking the child, mauled her and drug her all over the yard. They tore her clothes off and scattered her clothes all over a pretty large back yard.”
Smith said the child’s mother, Summer Laminack, 18, grandmother, Michelle McIntyre, great-grandmother, Pat Asher, and two uncles, ages 14 and 12, were at home at the time of the attack.
“All the dogs had access to the house, nine dogs in all,” Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith said. “She habitually played with dogs, all of them. But they drug her all over the yard. Something turned them on her. We don’t know what.”
All seven dogs involved in killing the girl were put down at the scene by Bryan County Animal Control. There were two other dogs at the scene, a setter and a beagle, that were not put down as they did not participate in the attack. Those two dogs were not pit bulls.
“I’m sure there will some repercussions of that. But I take full responsibility for that myself,” said Smith.
No one has been charged with the girl’s death, but police say they will continue to investigate. Smith said charges of child neglect would be the minimum that could be filed. Smith only saw photographs of the child, but said deputies and emergency personnel who responded to the scene were “very disturbed.”
“They said it was the worst they have seen,” he said. “It was bad — very bad.”