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New Details About La Salle Boy Mauled By Pit Bulls

Posted by wlpo on August 26, 2010

A second grader at Northwest School in La Salle was attacked and killed yesterday by a group of dogs.

Police say 7- year old Jason Walter of La Salle was at Eric Shanklin;s farm northeast of Varna when he was attacked shortly after seven yesterday morning.  Investigators think Walter went outside to get things ready for school when he was attacked by three pit bulls and a mixed breed.

Police say family members found Walter lying on the driveway and called 9-1-1.  He was pronounced dead shortly afterwards by Marshall County Coroner Dave Lenz.

Investigators think Walter’s mom had a relationship with the owner of the farm and she and her son often stayed the night there.  The mixed breed dog is said to be owned by the farm’s owner while the three pit bulls were owned by a woman living in a mobile home on the farm.

The investigation is ongoing.  No charges have been filed.

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