By Scott A. Marks, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Steven Hayashi, 52, was arrested for child endangerment and possessing a mischievous animal that causes death or great bodily injury after his pit bulls attacked and killed a 2-year-old boy in Concord, California. Authorities say the victim was the step-grandchild of Hayashi. The child was inside the family’s home with two adult relatives and a young sibling when the child wandered into the garage of them home where the pit bulls were kept. The dogs mauled the boy, he was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Hayashi is being held on $120,000 bail and is entitled to an attorney. Police are continuing to investigate the accident. If you would like to read more details on this story please see 2-year-old killed by pit bulls kept in a California home garage.
The death of this child is a tragedy for the family and the community. Dogs, although domestic animals, are still animals that have inherent dangerous propensities. Dogs should always be kept in a safe and humane manner and supervised by an individual capable of restraining the animal. Adults or other responsible, mature and competent people should maintain supervision while having a child in their custody and especially when the child is playing with any animal.