Owner of Dogs that Viciously Mauled 4-Year-Old Detroit Boy Charged with Murder

Xavier Strickland
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A Detroit dog owner, whose four dogs fatally mauled a 4-year-old who was walking with his mother, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, prosecutors revealed on Monday, Reuters reports

Geneke Antonio Lyons, 41, was also charged with possesing dangerous animals that caused a death, after Xavier Strickland was dragged from his mother and killed by the pack of four dogs that were identified as "pitbulls," last week.


"That will never leave my eyes,” Lucillie Strickland, said last week. “Never leave my mind.”

“My life is just torment right now because he’s gone,” she added. 

According to Reuters, prosecutors tagged Lyons as the owner of the dogs, which terrified people in the community and have escaped their fenced area before. 


Officers responding to the scene killed three of the dogs to get them off of Xavier, while the fourth dog was captured, but later euthanized.

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