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Father of Boy Killed By Pit Bull Charged With 2nd Degree Manslaughter

By Pamela Jean     Sep 5, 2007 in Crime
The father of the 7-year-old little boy that was recently killed by the family pit bull in Minneapolis, Minnesota has been charged with 2nd degree manslaughter in his son's death. The male pit bull had bitten Zach previously, but had remained in the home.
As an update to my story first posted here the father of the deceased 7 year old will be charged with 2nd degree manslaughter.The tragic death of little Zachary King Jr. could have been avoided had the boys father heeded the warning signs. The pit bull that eventually took Zach's life had in fact bitten the boy before, as evidenced by the scar he bore on his lip. The dog had also bitten a man that was working to install a fence in a neighbor's yard in 2006. That victim sought legal council, eventually settling for $22,500 in damages.
Zach's father bred pit bulls, according to his relatives. At the time of the attack there was the one male chained to a pole in the basement, as well as a female which had just recently given birth to 5 puppies. Young Zach had entered the basement to play with the puppies but as he leaned over to reach for the pups the male lunged at him, and never let go. Zach's throat was torn out, as well as receiving numerous bites about his torso, and he died at the scene. His father was also bitten in the hand when attempting to rescue his son, and eventually shot and killed the dog.
Neighbors were not surprised that the tragedy had occurred at the King household. Many were saddened that it took the death of Mr. King's son to make him realize that chaining a dog that had already bitten 3 people in a basement was a serious error in judgement.
“We knew it was going to happen, because he had too many pit bulls over there,” neighbor Marleen Witte said.
A summons has been issued for his arrest, though he has not turned himself in as of today.
The crime of 2nd degree manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. However, media is reporting that it is more than likely that he will receive the minimum sentence which is probation, and will not serve any jail time.
So, what's the point in prosecuting him then? Where is the punishment? I think that he should simply be banned from ever owning another pet of any kind for the rest of his natural life.
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