Dog that killed southwest Michigan girl to be put down, but no charges will be filed

There will be no charges filed after a newly-adopted dog attacked and killed a four-year-old St. Joseph County, Michigan girl.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough released a statement Thursday, saying that there is “not sufficient evidence” to file charges. However, he also stated that the dog will be “put to rest” at the St. Joseph County Animal Control Office in Michigan, according to WNDU.

He says “there is absolutely zero evidence” that the dog had aggressive tendencies. He called the incident a tragedy where “a parent turned away for a short period of time” and Kiyana McNeal, who was trying to give the dog a treat, triggered an attack from the dog.

The department says the mother tried to protect her daughter when the Doberman or Doberman mix attacked. The mother had injuries to her head and hands and WOOD-TV reports she’s been released from the hospital.

Neighbor Becky Davis says Kiyana’s mother and the man who previously owned the dog attempted CPR on the child.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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