Man charged in death of Detroit girl attacked by 3 dogs

mma Hernandez, 9, is remembered by her family as a happy and smart girl after she died in a dog attack while riding her bike. (Source: Hernandez Family/WDIV/CNN)
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DETROIT (AP) (8/22/2019) - A man has been charged in the death of a 9-year-old Detroit girl who was mauled by three dogs despite rescue efforts by neighbors, her father and emergency responders.

Wayne County prosecutors charged 33-year-old Pierre Cleveland on Thursday with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a dangerous animal causing death.

Authorities say he's the owner of the dogs that got loose and attacked Emma Hernandez as she rode a bike Monday in her neighborhood. It wasn't immediately clear if Cleveland, in police custody, has an attorney.

He's scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

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Police described the dogs as pit bulls or pit-bull mixes. One was shot by a bystander while first-responders tried to save Emma in an alley. Neighbors also threw bricks at the dogs to try and stop the attack.

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