Prosecutor: No charges filed in death of girl killed by dog

Posted at 12:33 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 12:33:55-04

CENTREVILLE, Mich. – The St. Joseph County Prosecutor has announced no charges will be filed in the death of a four-year-old girl, who was killed by her new dog.

Kiyana McNeal, 4, was killed by a doberman her family recently took in, on Sunday, October 23 in Sturgis, Michigan. Her mother, Jacey McNeal Wolkins, was also injured as she tried to save the girl.

John McDonough issued a statement regarding the case Wednesday.  In it, he says that he found “absolutely zero evidence” that the dog had any aggressive tendencies and there is no evidence the previous owner knew about any tendencies that they did not disclose.  McDonough called the incident a “horrific and tragic event” that occurred when a parent just turned away for a short period of time.

McDonough says in the statement that the dog is scheduled to be put to rest at the St. Joseph County Animal Control Office.