San Diego defendant in pit bull attack case dies

A San Diego woman who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a pit bull attack that killed an elderly neighbor has died. The 41-year-old is reported as having suffered from leukemia and a heart condition. She died over the weekend.

Sentencing for the woman was scheduled for April. Her 21-year-old daughter was also convicted of the same charges and was sentenced to four years in prison. The woman also faced four years in prison for the charges.

The pit bull attack took place when the neighbor was in the backyard of her home and the two dogs got into the yard through a gap in the fence which separates the two homes. The neighbor’s injuries were so severe her leg and left arm were amputated. As a result of an infection, the victim’s right arm and leg were also amputated.