Coroner: Bites on 2-yr-old consistent with bites from 2 dogs
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A specialist made molds of the dogs' teeth and matched them to bite marks found on 2-year-old Ja'Marr Tiller.
Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten said that's how her office now knows two dogs taken from a home in Mount Pleasant were involved in the boy's death.
The news came at a special press conference called Tuesday.
Ja'Marr Tiller was laid to rest on Saturday. On Sunday, May 27 he was found dead in his backyard. The 2-year-old's clothes were ripped from his body. According to an incident report provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, family members were distraught and angry. Some blamed dogs kept and fed in the yard.
According to the report, one of the dogs vomited in the driveway not long after the incident.
Two dogs were taken into custody by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, but officials said the two dogs may have not been to blame. Investigators with the sheriff's office and coroner's office looked into the possibility of another type of animal attack or the possibility of the attack being from another dog (s).
At Tuesday's press conference, as the coroner spoke about how the dogs were proven to be involved in the boy's death, she said both dogs bit the child -- several times.
The news left those in attendance with only two main questions -- if and when will the dogs be put down and if any charges are expected in the case.
Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said as of Tuesday, no charges were to be filed. The sheriff went to say the dogs were strays that had been fed by family and tended to hang around.
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