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article imageTwo charged in Kylie's death

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Oct 27, 2007 in Crime
In September little Kylie Cox was mauled and killed by a 120 pound
Rottweiler as a friend was taking her out of her car seat.
Any charges that would be filed would be determined after those at the house were interviewed.
On October 24 Alexis Cox found out that criminal charges would be filed against the owners of the Rottweiler. The baby would have turned four months old just a few days after her death.
The owners of the dog, Jason Winters, 22, and Christopher Fura, 19, are charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse. If they are convicted they face up to 15 years in prison.
Alexis Cox's mother said it won't bring the baby back but felt that someone needed to be charged with something.
A friend was taking Kylie out of her car seat while Cox went to heat the baby's bottle. That was when the dog attacked the baby.
The attack took place on Sept. 12 and the investigators took about five weeks so that they could determine if the two owners knew that the dog was aggressive according to Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith. The two men had owned the 120 pound dog for just ten days.
"The dog had bitten Fura and had been aggressive toward the child," Smith said. "They were on notice that this was an aggressive dog, but they still brought it to a home where they knew children were and they didn't take any steps to secure it."
The dog was killed after the attack by animal control.
Lisa Livingston, Cox's mother said that her daughter has gotten counseling almost every day since the baby was killed.
"You hear things about her being in a better place, but no," said Livingston, who was in the hospital room with Cox when Kylie was born.
"She was just brought into this world, and she was taken out no sooner than she was brought in."
I am sure that all our hearts go out to this young mother and her family in the loss of this beautiful baby.
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