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Father of four-year-old boy, who was mauled to death by dogs, has been arrested

Arrested in Florida
Arrested in Florida
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According to Friday's NBC Miami News, the father of a four-year-old child, who was fatally mauled in a dog attack in Goulds, Fla., last week, has been charged and arrested.

Authorities arrested 30-year-old Javon Dade Sr., and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Alessandra Carrasco, on Friday morning; each individual is facing a charge of child neglect causing great bodily harm following the August 13 death of Javon Dade Jr.

According to reports, the couple lost sight of the boy after spending the night and early morning hours smoking marijuana cigarettes which were laced with cocaine. When Dade Sr. and Carrasco woke up, the little boy was gone. Authorities responded to the rented home, located in the 12300 Block of Southwest 230th Street, after receiving a report that the child was missing.

The little boy's body was found a short time later in tall grass on the property near the home - the child's body had injuries on the neck and head which were consistent with "a dog mauling."

On the day that the boy died, animal services seized six dogs from the property, including three boxer-mix puppies. Last Friday, one of the dogs - an adult, male pit bull - was put down by animal control because of the behavior that he displayed during the time that he was impounded.

After putting the dog down, Animal Services stated:

The decision to euthanize was based solely on the animal’s temperament. What, if any involvement this dog had in the tragedy involving Javon Dade, Jr., has not yet been determined. The Animal Services Department continues to assist Miami-Dade Police and the State Attorney’s Office in their ongoing investigation.”

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly which dogs were involved in the attack on the child.

The arrested couple is being held on a $7,500 bond.

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