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article imageDog kills baby, dog owner gets 6 months jail term

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Nov 13, 2008 in Crime
In September of 2007 four-month-old baby Kylie was mauled to death by a rottweiler. The dog's owner has been sentenced to 6 months in jail and 3 years probation. During that time he cannot own an animal.
In three related stories last year I wrote about baby Kylie's death.
Alexis Cox, Kylie's mother, had taken the baby to a friend's house where there was a group of people. Cox left the baby with a friend in the living room while she went to the kitchen to heat a bottle.
Christopher Fura brought his rottweiler, Chopper, to the house. Fura and his stepbrother, Jason Winters, had owned the 120 pound dog for only 10 days when they brought it to the house where the baby was. While Cox was in the kitchen the dog attacked Kylie biting her head as the baby sat in her car seat.
On Wed. November 12 in Macomb County Circuit Court, Fura pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to six months in jail and 3 years probation. During that time he will not be able to own any animals.
According to Assistant Prosecutor Steve Kaplan the men already knew the dog was aggressive as the dog had growled at a child, bitten Fura and had been in a dog fight.
After the plea and the sentencing Kaplin said, "They knew the dog was dangerous."
Lisa Livingston, Cox's mother said, "I wish it would've gone to trial because there are still so many unanswered questions. In the police report, everyone has a different story."
Cox said, "I don't think it's right that someone would take that big of a dog to someone's house. That was my child; I had to take my child with me. But a dog that big, it should have been on a leash."
Winter had pleaded guilty earlier to involuntary manslaughter and received a sentence of 3 years probation.
The no-contest plea by Fura is treated as a conviction for sentencing but it prevents him from admitting guilt. These pleas are common in cases where civil litigation is likely. Livingston and Cox have filed a civil suit. That case is pending.
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