DETROIT, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) – A 33-year-old man has been charged in connection with the death of a 9-year-old Detroit girl, who was mauled by three dogs.

Despite rescue efforts by neighbors, her father and emergency workers Emma Hernandez died later at a local hospital.

Pierre Cleveland, was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and having a dangerous animal causing death, Wayne County prosecutors said.

Cleveland owned the pit bulls or pit-bull mixes that got free from his yard and attacked Hernandez as she rode a bike Monday in her neighborhood with her older brother on the city’s southwest side.

Emma’s father, Armando, said earlier this week the dogs lived at a house behind his, and he had an argument recently with the animal owner about them. Hernandez says the dogs weren’t properly restrained and the fence was too flimsy.

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