By: Audrey Washington, WSB-TV
ATLANTA – A boy has died and girl was seriously injured after a pit bull attack in southwest Atlanta.
The attack happened around 7:30 a.m. on Cerro Street while the children were walking to F.L. Stanton Elementary School.
Channel 2’s Audrey Washington learned that there were three children present during the attack, but only two were mauled by the dogs.
The injured girl, identified as Syari Sanders, was listed in stable at a local hospital. The boy was identified as Logan Braatz.
A neighbor detailed the graphic moment neighbors rushed to save three children, during a pit bull attack.
“I run up on the girl, she had been mauled very badly. The dog just ripped into her,” 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.”
The scene showed clothing and other items strewn outside the home.
Animal control was sent to the scene where they contained two dogs. Sgt. Warren Pickard said one dog was shot by officers.
The owner, Cameron Tucker, was taken into custody but police did not go into detail about any criminal charges.
Shamonta Clayton, a neighbor to both children injured, said he woke up this morning to screams and ran outside. He found a little girl 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 on the backside 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.
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.
F.L. Stanton Elementary released a statement regarding their students:
“Atlanta Public Schools can confirm that two F.L. Stanton Elementary students walking to the bus stop were attacked by pitbulls. Both students were transported to Egleston Hospital. One student was transported back to Grady Hospital’s trauma unit and later passed away. The female student at Egleston is in stable condition. 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.”