The sister of a 9-year-old boy who was mauled to death by three pit bulls inside her Northern California trailer has expressed regret.
Alexandria Griffin-Heady, 24, spoke publicly about the death of her brother, Tyler Trammell-Huston, for the first time on Wednesday.
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“There’s a thousand things I should have done differently,” she told NBC affiliate KCRA-TV.
Investigators said Tyler was left alone in an RV when Griffin-Heady went to work for three hours. When she returned, she found the boy was mauled by her dogs. He was then taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Griffin-Heady told KCRA-TV she believes a male puppy mauled her brother.
She signed the dogs over to the county, and they will likely be euthanized later this month, according to the station.
“My heart just died,” she said, crying, reported ABC News.
Griffin-Heady’s attorney, Roberto Marquez, said she had overnight visitation rights with her brother. He was in Sacramento County’s foster care system and would stay with her in Linda, located about 40 miles north of Sacramento.
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Marquez said Griffin-Heady and Tyler were from a broken home, and she was trying to adopt him.
“I don’t care what people think of me. Nothing they say can make me feel any worse about myself than I already do,” Griffin-Heady added to KCRA-TV.
“I will never forgive myself for losing him. I promised him I would protect him and never leave him. And whether it’s my fault or not, I’ll never forgive myself for it.”
She also talked about her dogs.
“They were my companion animals. They were my babies. What made them do that, I will never know,” Griffin-Heady told FOX-40 TV.
The child also wasn’t alone when the dogs attacked him.
“He wasn’t alone. The RV was used just as a bedroom, we didn’t live in it. We just slept in it,” she said.