Charges upgraded for owner of dogs that killed boy, injured girl

by: Audrey Washington Updated:

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ATLANTA - Charges have been upgraded for the man who owned the dogs that mauled two children walking to the bus Tuesday morning.

Channel 2's Audrey Washington learned that Cameron Tucker has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Logan Braatz. Syari Sanders, 5, was seriously injured in the dog attack.

 

 

A judge set Tucker's bond at $70,000.

A neighbor detailed the moment neighbors rushed to save three children during the attack by a pit bull and border collie near Gideons Drive in southwest Atlanta.

"I run up on the girl. She had been mauled very badly,” said neighbor Angie Smith. "I ran to the baby and when I looked down at her, I knew there was nothing that I could do."

Two children were attacked by a pit bull in Atlanta. One boy died and a girl survived the attack.

Shamonta Clayton, a neighbor to the children who were attacked, said he woke up this morning to screams and ran outside. He found a little girl who had been badly mauled.

“As I get to the end of the street, I see the child’s unconscious body laying in the middle of the street,” Clayton said.

He noticed another dog and followed it, finding children pinned on a porch in the back of an abandoned house.

“So I chased the dog away from the kids, and I noticed the second child, a little boy, his unconscious body laying down in the grass,” Clayton said.


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The dog circled back to the child and Clayton said he chased the dog off with his gun.

“I picked the child’s body up because his mom couldn’t do nothing but sit there and just cry,” Clayton said.

The family of Logan Braatz released a statement saying: 

"Logan was a wonderful little boy—energetic, happy, and full of joy. Logan simply made everyone around him a better person. Logan was a huge sports fan and loved the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Bulldogs. He was described by his family as an “old soul” who even at the young age of 6 took care of everyone around him."

Logan's family also shared their well-wishes for Sanders "as she fights to recover from the injuries she also sustained in the attack."

The family also thanked law enforcement, children and adults who raced to help Logan and Syari. 

The family has also established a donation website.

The childrens' schools released a statement regarding the attack:

“Atlanta Public Schools sent a crisis team to F.L. Stanton this morning to provide grief counseling for students and staff. Our deepest condolences go out to the family.”