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: Oakland Ties 2020 Homicide Total in First 9 Months of 2021
But Maier rejected prosecutors’ request that Hayashi be charged with second-degree murder in his grandson, Jacob Bisbee’s, July 2010 death.READ MORE: Advocates for Immigrant Rights March From Santa Rosa to Healdsburg
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: Pelosi Expects House to Pass Infrastructure Bill This Week
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