ELLABELL — Charges have been filed in the death of a North Bryan toddler killed by a pack of family dogs in Ellabell late last month.
Summer Laminack, 18, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree cruelty to children in the death of her 21-month-old daughter, Monica Renee Laminack, according to a news release from the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.
The release states that Laminack was surrendered Tuesday to the sheriff’s office by her attorney, Tom Edenfield of Savannah. She was released on a $5,000 bond and further action by the Bryan County Grand Jury is pending.
Laminack, along with the child’s grandmother, Michelle McIntyre, great-grandmother, Pat Asher, and two uncles, ages 14 and 12, were at home at the time of the attack on March 27. The adults were napping and awoke to find the child being attacked by seven pit bulls and pit bull mixes in the yard.
“The grandmother to the child heard the dogs barking and making noise outside and said she got up, looked out the window and saw the dogs mauling the baby and yelled, ‘They’re killing Monica,’” Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith said during a press conference the day following the incident.
Authorities believe Monica exited the house using a doggie door. The seven dogs involved in the attack were euthanized at the scene. Two other family dogs that were not involved in the attack were not killed.
Smith said that according to statements from the family, the child played with the dogs often and the family did not believe she was in danger. Bryan County Animal Control had never responded to an animal complaint call at that location before.