Grandmother guilty in pit bull’s mauling death of 8-month-old baby

DAYTON, OH (WDTN) –  A Dayton grandmother who pleaded not guilty in connection to her step-grandson’s mauling death in 2015 was found guilty Friday.

Jonathan Quarles, Jr., 8 months, was attacked by Hardy’s dog in her home during a visit in July 2014.

Hardy was found guilty Friday of:

  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Endangering children)
  • Endangering Children
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Failure to Confine or Restrain Vicious Dog)
  • Failure to Confine or Restrain Vicious Dog
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Failure to Control Dog)
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Violation of City of Dayton Ordinance for controlling dogs)

5-6-tonico-hardyProsecutors say Kimiko Hardy knew her pit bull mix was dangerous. She was already punished for the dog’s previous attacks on a postal worker and another dog. The dog was ultimately euthanized.

Hardy pleaded not guilty to the charges in August, 2014. She was released on her own recognizance.

Hardy will be sentenced June 9 at 9:30 a.m.  She faces up to 11 years in prison. Hardy remains out of jail until her sentencing date.

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