Sandra Bowers Adams, a Hartwell, GA., grandmother, has been arrested after a 20-month-old child in her care was mauled to death by two pit bulls.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation says, Adams, 70, has been charged with second degree murder, cruelty to children in the second degree, and involuntary manslaughter.


Hartwell Police Chief Anthony Davis said the child was “brutally mauled” by two pit bulls while at his grandmother’s home.

Police said Adams was babysitting her grandson and were outside her residence when Adams’ dogs ran out her back door, knocking Adams to the ground and attacking the child. Police said Adams tried to shield the child, and eventually was able to contain the dogs and pick up the child. Adams then picked up the child’s mother, Amy Adams, and took the boy to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. source

Sheriff Mike Cleveland said the dogs will be euthanized after being observed for the next 24 to 48 hours.

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