Mom, Daughter Convicted in Deadly Pitbull Attack

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two San Diego pit bull owners have been convicted in their dog's fatal mauling of a 75-year-old woman.

Alba Cornelio and her daughter 21-year-old Carla Cornelio were found guilty Monday of felony involuntary manslaughter and owning a mischievous animal that caused death.

The elder Cornelio cried in the courtroom after hearing the verdict and was removed by paramedics on a gurney.

In 2011, 75-year-old Emako Mendoza was in her backyard when the dogs entered through a gap in a shoddy fence the judge said the Cornelios should have mended.

Mendoza underwent amputations for her left arm and leg as a result of the attack, but died from severe infections and complications. She was 76 when she died.

They are due for sentencing March 11.

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