MIAMI (AP) — The father of a 4-year-old South Florida boy who was mauled to death by dogs now faces child neglect charges.
Miami-Dade police said Friday they've arrested Javon Dade Sr. and his girlfriend, Alessandra Carrasco. Detectives say both were at the home south of Miami on Aug. 13 when Javon Dade Jr. went missing and was later discovered dead in the back yard.
Police seized six dogs — including three puppies — from the yard. Investigators say a pit bull that may have been involved in the death has been euthanized.
The Florida Department of Children and Families had previously noted concern about the danger the dogs posed. Dade has also been fined $1,040 for violating the county's dog ordinance.
Jail records didn't list an attorney for Dade or his girlfriend.