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A year later, no charges in dog mauling death; family disappointed

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 1:20 PM


            The backyard of a home at 345 Middle St. where a dog that was chained up broke free of its restraint and attacked and killed 60-year-old Maurice Brown.
            CORNELIUS FROLIK / Staff
The backyard of a home at 345 Middle St. where a dog that was chained up broke free of its restraint and attacked and killed 60-year-old Maurice Brown.(CORNELIUS FROLIK / Staff)

The family of Maurice Brown is disappointed no charges have been filed in the year since he was mauled to death by a pit bull in Dayton’s Jane Reece neighborhood.

“It’s tragic and we’re disappointed, for lack of a stronger word,” said David Brown, the victim’s brother. “But we lean on our faith.”

Dayton Prosecutor Stephanie Cook said the suspected dog owner is being investigated for misdemeanor violations. More serious charges are not possible under the state’s current dog laws, Dayton police Sgt. Michael Godsey has said.

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In the early morning of April 25, 2017, a pit bull chained up in the yard of a home at 345 Middle St. broke free of its restraint and attacked Maurice Brown, 60, as he walked down an alley that runs behind the property.

Neighbors heard Brown’s screams and called 911.

A Dayton police internal affairs probe has not been completed, according to city officials, who denied a request by this news organization for the report on that investigation. The city has not said why the actions of the officers who responded to the scene are being reviewed.

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