MARTINEZ (CBS/AP) — A judge has ordered a Concord man to stand trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal mauling of his 2-year-old step-grandson by pit bulls.
Contra Costa County Judge Clare Maier on Thursday decided to increase the charges against 53-year-old Steven Hayashi from felony child abuse and owning a mischievous animal that caused death to involuntary manslaughter. She issued the ruling at the conclusion of Hayashi’s preliminary hearing.READ MORE: Firefighters Respond to 15-Acre Brush Fire in Shasta County
But Maier rejected prosecutors’ request that Hayashi be charged with second-degree murder in his grandson, Jacob Bisbee’s, July 2010 death.READ MORE: Silicon Valley Antivirus Software Mogul John McAfee Found Dead in Spanish Prison Cell After Extradition to U.S. Approved
Authorities said Hayashi was not at home when Bisbee was attacked by at least three pit bulls in Hayashi’s garage. The boy had been left unsupervised.
Hayashi’s attorney has argued that Jacob’s father is to blame because he did not arrange for child care.MORE NEWS: Vice President Harris To Visit U.S.-Mexico Border Friday
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