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Toddler killed by pit bulls; grandmother charged with second-degree murder

A woman was charged with second-degree murder and other offenses after her 20-month-old grandson was killed Tuesday by two pit bulls at her northeast Georgia home, the GBI said.

Sandra Adams also was charged with second-degree cruelty to children and involuntary manslaughter, agency spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Wednesday.

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The incident happened about 3:15 p.m. when Adams was babysitting Paris Adams at her home in Hartwell, which is in Hart County, about 110 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Adams and the child were outside when the pit bulls ran out the back door, knocked Adams down and attacked the child.

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She got the dogs back into the residence and picked up the child, the GBI said. Adams and the child’s mother, Amy Adams, took the child to an urgent care facility.

The child was pronounced dead at 3:36 p.m., the GBI said.

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During a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White would not confirm if Adams owned the dogs. However, the GBI said Adams has been cited on multiple occasions by the Hartwell Police Department under a city ordinance maintaining disorderly animals.

READ: The GBI’s statement on the deadly dog attack

She was released from the Hart County jail on $50,000 bond, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The pit bulls, which were family owned, are being held in separate locations, according to the GBI. They will be put down, White said.

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