Attorney: Mauling of toddler a 'tragic accident'
by Russ Bynum, Associated Press
April 17, 2013 12:15 PM | 654 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this Tuesday, April 16, 2013 photo released by the Bryan County (Ga.) Sheriff's office, Summer Laminack is seen. Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith says 18-year-old Laminack surrendered Tuesday, April 16, in the southeastern Georgia county for the death of her toddler who slipped outside through a doggie door and was mauled to death by her family's seven dogs has been charged with child cruelty. (AP Photo/Bryan County (Ga.) Sheriff's office)
In this Tuesday, April 16, 2013 photo released by the Bryan County (Ga.) Sheriff's office, Summer Laminack is seen. Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith says 18-year-old Laminack surrendered Tuesday, April 16, in the southeastern Georgia county for the death of her toddler who slipped outside through a doggie door and was mauled to death by her family's seven dogs has been charged with child cruelty. (AP Photo/Bryan County (Ga.) Sheriff's office)
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The attorney for a teenage mother charged with child cruelty in the death of her 21-month-old daughter says it was a "tragic accident" that the toddler was fatally mauled by her family's seven dogs in southeast Georgia.

Defense attorney Tom Edenfield said in an interview Wednesday the child's mother, 18-year-old Summer Laminack of Ellabell, loved her daughter and is still suffering from the trauma of her death March 27.

Bryan County authorities say young Monica Renee Laminack slipped outside through a doggie door and was killed by the seven pit bulls and pit bull mixes her family kept in the back yard. Edenfield says the girl's mother was in her bedroom studying.

She was charged Tuesday with second-degree child cruelty, a felony punishable by one to 10 years in prison.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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