Detroit dog owner charged with murder in mauled boy’s death

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Detroit Dog Owner Charged With Murder In Boy’s Mauling Death, Civil Lawsuit Filed.

Separately, a civil lawsuit has been filed by the parents of Xavier Strickland, who was snatched from his mother and killed by pit bulls while they walked in their neighborhood last Wednesday. The Detroit Free Press and WDIV-TV report the candlelight vigil was held Saturday evening for Xavier Strickland on the city’s west side, near where he was dragged away Wednesday by the dogs.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 41-year-old Geneke Lyons has been charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and possessing dangerous dogs causing death. The ordinance would have required owners to spay or neuter their dogs, license their dogs and obtain $100,000 worth of liability insurance for each dog. A magistrate in 36th District Court returned Lyons to jail without bond Monday over the objection of his defense attorney, Francisco Villarruel, who said the dogs were dangerous but not Lyons. He explains how he wishes he had been with his son instead of his wife and could have tried his best to fight the dogs off. (Photo: Regina H.Boone,Detroit Free Press) “… Feel the pain my son felt when those dogs were eating him up, just feel the pain. My son getting mauled, I never expected it. …To snatch a baby from up under his mama, drag him under the fence and eat him like he was dog food or something, it’s terrible.

As recently as 2006, Watson and other council members acted after a spate of deaths that included that of Cassidy Jeter, a 6-year-old Hamtramck child killed by two pit bull terriers as she walked home with her brother. The family’s attorney, Mark Bernstein, said in a statement that Xavier’s death should force the community to consider what they believe is a “longstanding problem of Detroit property and dog owners who fail to show an acceptable level of responsibility to protect their innocent neighbors.” Lucillie Strickland was walking with Xavier at about 12:30 p.m. People who fear pit bulls and abhor the danger they present point to veterinarians’ comments that the dogs are trained mostly to use their massive jaws to fight, to do damage. A pit bull or any other large or ferocious dog, stops being a pet when it is roaming loose and makes people have to wait to get into their cars to go to work as one neighbor told the Free Press after Xavier’s death. City Council President Brenda Jones said the council would “take a fresh look into existing laws to determine what may be needed to provide a safer environment and protection from vicious animals.” “We’ve got a ton of them in Detroit, but I just don’t see the pet aspect,” he said. “The only thing we’re going to get out of this, if the prosecutor decides to follow through on manslaughter charges, is someone will wind up doing a little time.

He said “everyone was afraid” of the dogs in the neighborhood. “This case should be a wake-up call for our community,” Bernstein said. “We get calls every day at our office about injuries caused by dogs with dangerous owners. The city’s eight-member animal control department, a fraction of the size it once was, will soon be moving from law enforcement jurisdiction to the city’s health department. It’s time to address this problem in a very serious way.” Bernstein also represented Steve Constantine, a man who was viciously attacked by a pack of dogs outside a Detroit home last October. Even if the city council attempts to write an ordinance, its members will have to deal with a state legislature that thinks it should decide what’s safe on the streets of Detroit. Prohibit some dogs, regulate others, anything as long as Lansing decides what local officials should do rather than local officials deciding what’s best for their residents.

According to Michigan’s Business Entity website, the business, which appears to be a real estate company, is registered under Geneke Lyons. “As we talk about it I re-live it, as we speak about it, I re-live it,” Lucillie Strickland said. “There’s nothing that’s going to change that. But until we decide that children and families are more important than dangerous dogs, someone else is going to die — and eventually someone will sue the city.

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