The family of two-year-old Jaysiah Chavez, who was mauled to death by a pair of dogs last month, continue to wait for answers.
But their patience is running thin, because they’ve learned Fresno homicide detectives have yet to turn over their case to the Fresno County District Attorney’s office.
CBS47 legal analyst, David Mugridge says, “This case is ultimately going to get to factual determination of who knew what and when.”
Mugridge says if the case does go to trial, prosecutors will have to prove that the Rottweilers owner knew his dogs were vicious and that the owner didn’t do enough to prevent his dogs from leaving the yard. Mugridge says that can be difficult.
Mugridge says, “In this type of case you do have to look at the intent of the dog owner. Also the intent can be inferred from the actions that the owner did or did not take. I’m sure that’s behind the review right now of the district attorney and initially the Fresno Police Department involved.”
Meanwhile, the family of little Jaysiah say they want justice, even though the dogs involved were put to sleep.
Rocio Lopez is Jaysiah’s aunt.
She told CBS47, “We want justice for Jaysiah. This is something that never should have happened. It just can’t go without some type of punishment. He can’t come back but we need justice for him.”
The family claims this not the first interaction that they’ve had with the dogs.
Lopez says three years ago, Jaysiah’s uncle lived next door to the dogs and their owner.
The family claims that they filed a complaint with the SPCA, but the SPCA has no record of it.
“They had an issue with those dogs coming to their yard,” said Lopez. “This has been going on for a couple of years because it’s been at least 3 years since my brother lived in that neighborhood.”
CBS47 is not identifying the owners of the dogs in this report and we want to re-emphasize that they are not facing any charges in the child’s death.
Lopez says if the district attorney fails to file any charges, it will be yet another tragedy for the family.