WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A West Haven woman has been arrested in the death of a toddler who was mauled by her dogs.

Police say 30-year-old Erica Hobdy was charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor in the death of her niece, 20-month-old Neveah Bryant.

The girl was mauled by the three pit bulls on Sept. 30 while she was in Hobdy’s apartment. She later died at a hospital.

Hobdy has said she left the child in a separate room from the dogs with the door closed when she left to buy a drink, and she came home to find she had been attacked.

The child’s death was ruled an accident by the state medical examiner.

The animals were killed by police on the scene.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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