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Grandmother charged with murder after her dogs killed 1-year-old grandson

By Mason White 4:45 PM August 8, 2017
Sandra Adams and her grandson
Sandra Adams and her grandson
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) A family is mourning the death of a 1-year-old boy who was killed by his grandmother’s two dogs, according to police in Georgia.

A spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that on Tuesday, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the Hartwell Police Department responded to a 911 call originating from the Reddy Urgent Care located at 605 East Franklin Street in Hartwell.

Staff at the Urgent Care had requested assistance from EMS and Law Enforcement after Sandra Adams and Amy Adams entered the office with Amy Adams’ twenty-month-old son.

The child had suffered extensive injuries following an apparent dog attack.

Medical personnel and EMS determined the child was unresponsive and the child was pronounced dead at 3:36 p.m.

Hartwell Police Chief Anthony Davis requested assistance from the Athens Investigative office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

Agents of the GBI, Hartwell Police Officers, the Coroner’s Office, and the office of the District Attorney have jointly launched an investigation into the child’s death.

The preliminary investigation suggests that 70-year-old Sandra Adams, the grandmother of the child, was at her residence located at 64 Highland Avenue, babysitting the child.

Adams and the child were outside.

Adams attempted to re-enter her residence at which time two pit bull dogs that resided at the residence ran out the back door, knocking Adams to the ground and attacking the child.

Adams attempted to both shield the child from further attack and to pull the dogs away from the child.

Eventually, Adams was able to get the dogs back into the residence and pick up the child.

Adams then transported the child to a nearby location, where she picked up Amy Adams, the child’s mother, and the two transported the child to the Reddy Urgent Care in Hartwell.

Sandra Adams had been cited on multiple occasions by the Hartwell Police Department under a city ordinance for maintaining disorderly animals.

Hartwell Police Officers, City Animal Control, along with assistance from a veterinarian entered the residence and secured both animals.

Those animals are currently being kenneled in separate locations and are under observation.

Officers conducted extensive interviews with all family members and GBI Crime Scene Specialists worked into the evening processing the residence following consultation with District Attorney Parks White.

Sandra Adams was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, cruelty to children in the second degree, and involuntary manslaughter for keeping dangerous animals in her home.