LINCOLN PARK (WWJ) – Update 6/29 – Attorney: No Proof Dog Who Mauled Boy Was Wolf Hybrid
A downriver couple is expected in court this week to face charges in the dog mauling death of a young child.
A 29-year-old Lincoln Park mother and her 35-year-old boyfriend are expected to turn themselves in for arraignment this week.
Police said the woman’s five-year-old physically disabled son, Kyle Holland, was attacked by the man’s pet wolf-dog hybrid, last July, while he slept.
WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting spoke with assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Raj Prasad, who said the child was partially eaten in the attack.
“A good part of the child’s … I guess hip or flank area is the best way to describe it, was eaten,” said Prasad.
The boy’s mother, Debralynn Holland and her boyfriend Earl Dwayne Adkins are both charged with the child’s death. They also face separate charges in connection with more than a dozen marijuana plants that police said were being grown in Adkins’ basement.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said, along with several law enforcement agencies, a number of other experts had to be consulted to make a strong case.
“A forensic odontologist, a forensic anthropologist, wildlife biologist and the Director of the University of California at Davis Director of Veterinary Genetics Laboratory. So, there’s a lot of work that needed to be done, as you can imagine, based on the facts of this case,” Worthy said.
Arraignment is set for June 29.