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Tampa area child mauled to death by dogs he may have let out of their cages

Authorities think the child opened the cages of the dogs to play with them. The child was left inside of the home eating ice cream as adults were talking privately in the bedroom. During that time, Logan went outside and freed the dogs.
Authorities think the child opened the cages of the dogs to play with them. The child was left inside of the home eating ice cream as adults were talking privately in the bedroom. During that time, Logan went outside and freed the dogs.Facebook via Stephanie Groulx

In a tragic accident, four year-old Logan Shepard was mauled to death by two pit bulls at his uncle's home on the 12000 block of Rhodine Road in Riverview, Fla. late Saturday night reported wfla.com.

The child, Logan Shepard, was found by Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies out in the yard about 10:30 p.m. with the dogs standing over him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier in the evening, Logan and his mother, Stephanie Groulx joined her relatives, Billy and Delores Fredericks Sr. for a birthday celebration in their home not far from where Logan and his mother lived. According to the report, the child was left alone in the living room to eat ice cream while the adults stepped into another room and shut the door for a private discussion. During this time, the unsupervised child wandered outside, and it is believed he opened up the cages of the dogs to play with them.

Billy Fredericks had previously secured the dogs in their crates before Logan and his mother arrived at their home earlier in the day.

When police, in the area who were on an unrelated police call, heard screams coming from the Fredericks' home, they rushed to the location and found the child. The adults, in the home were not aware that the child had wandered outside.

The dogs were euthanized on Sunday by Hillsborough Animal Control. There have been no prior complaints concerning the dogs.

There have been no charges filed pending a further investigation.

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