The first officer to arrive on scene was so shaken, witnesses said he spent much of the afternoon crying.The family also owned a female pit bull and a litter of puppies.The same dog had badly mauled her three months earlier, requiring a hospital stay and stitches, along with attacking another family member a year earlier.The dog, named Bear, belonged to her son Joe Mittino, who also lived with Linda and her wheelchair bound husband. Joe got up the next morning and found his mother face down on the floor.The child's body was found just outside of the fenced backyard at a home on Zinzendorf Drive in a neighborhood off Snapfinger Road in southeast De Kalb, according to police.
[source citations] James Chapple Jr., 58-years old, had just gotten off the bus and was walking home when two pit bulls ran out from an auto repair shop and brutally attacked him.
At the time of the deadly attack, Matthew had slipped into the backyard unnoticed where the dogs were loose.
Authorities seized seven rottweilers from the home.
At the time of the attack, her father was using the weed trimmer while his daughter rode her tricycle. All of a sudden, Carolina was on the ground -- blood covering herself and the dog, according to neighbors.
The medical examiner's office said Carolina's injuries included a neck fracture.