CHICAGO (CBS) — The grandfather of a 5-year-old boy killed by a dog Monday night said the dog’s owner got off too light, after being cited for two ordinance violations.
“That’s all you get? My grandson’s gone forever, and all you get is two tickets? Yeah, I have a problem with that,” James Nevils said of the mauling death of his grandson, James Nevils III.
The 5-year-old was attacked around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 8900 block of South Carpenter Street. Neighbors used bricks, knives, sticks, chairs, and anything else they could get their hands on in a frenzied attempt to beat the dog away from the boy, but it was too late.
James was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy determined he died from multiple sharp and blunt force injuries of the head and neck, and his death was ruled an accident.
Police have not provided information about their investigation, but have issued the dog’s owner, 27-year-old Kyle Hannah, with citations for not having a dog license, and not having updated rabies vaccinations for his dog. No criminal charges have been filed.
James’ grandfather called that a disgrace.
“I’m not happy at all at that. I’m not happy at all. I expected something more than what they received. Two citations for a life? That’s it?” he said.