Georgia grandmother charged with murder after pit bulls brutally mauled toddler grandson to death

By Associated Press and Regina F. Graham For Dailymail.com

A grandmother in Georgia  has been charged with murder after her toddler grandson was mauled to death by her two pit bulls while she babysat him.

Sandra Bowers Adams, 70, was taken into custody by Hartwell police officers after the tragic death of her 20-month-old grandson who was ‘brutally mauled’ by the dogs in the backyard of her home Tuesday, police said.

The grandmother was babysitting the boy at the time of the tragedy.

Sandra Bowers Adams is pictured above in her mug shot.   The 20-month-old boy is pictured above in a file photo

Police say they were outside of her home on Highland Avenue before the attack happened, and as she entered, the dogs ran out of the back door knocking her to the ground and attacked the toddler.

Adams was eventually able to break the dogs away from the child after a struggle, according to the police report.

The child was taken to Reddy Urgent Care where he was pronounced dead.

Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland says the toddler suffered several bites to his head and neck.

Adams was eventually able to break the dogs away from the child after a struggle, according to the police report.   The child was taken to Reddy Urgent Care where he was pronounced dead.

Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland says the toddler suffered several bites to his head and neck   Pictured are two dogs owned by the family, but it's unclear if they were the dogs involved in the attack

He says the dogs will be observed for the next 24 to 48 hours before being euthanized.

Adams has been charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.

Hartwell police have requested the help of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

Adams had been cited multiple  times by the Hartwell Police Department under a city ordinance maintaining disorderly animals, according to the GBI.

An autopsy for the little boy is scheduled Wednesday morning.

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