“Boy Mauled to death in Linda Trailer by pit bulls”.
A 9-year-old boy was mauled to death by three pit bull dogs when he was left alone in his sister’s trailer home, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said Monday
Who failed Tyler? Obviously, it’s easier to focus on the dogs, because this tragedy is so horrific. The very idea of a 9 year old boy being left alone trying to fend off 3 attacking dogs makes anyone sick to their stomach. As usual, when information starts to trickle onto the internet, as with most dog bite fatality cases you start seeing just how preventable this horrible death was.
Who was Tyler?
Tyler Trammall-Huston, 9 year-old foster child, who lost his mother in 2011 and has been moving through foster care separated from his siblings.
He was dealt an unfair hand and paid the price of the poor choices the adults in his life have made, but according to his foster mother, Gloria Hudson, he seemed excited to be able to be with his older sister.
Tyler Trammell-Huston, had been staying with his sister on weekends with the permission of Sacramento County Child Protective Services. During his winter break from school, he had spent two or three weeks with her, in her small travel trailer south of Marysville. Hudson said a judge was supposed to decide later this month whether he could move in with his sister full time, provided she got an apartment.
A Broken System?
What child wouldn’t be, but was it the best and safest choice for Tyler? Obviously it wasn’t. Even though CPS was notified that the sister was considered “unstable” and the living environment, a small trailer with no working bathroom and according to reports from relatives that one of the dogs, had a history of aggression that included attacking other people screams negligence by all the adults involved in this case.
This isn’t the first time that a Child Protective Service have fallen under fire after a child has died while under their care and supervision. “Between 2008 and 2011, more than seventy children who passed through the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services have died due to child abuse or neglect.” writes the Invisible Children Website
In 2014, Sacramento CPS were repeatedly warned about the abuse that 3 year old Airabella Mello lived with before she was drowned in a back yard pool. Just like with Tyler, CPS was notified multiple times and they failed to act in the best interest of the child and it isn’t an isolated incident. The Case of William Philya, which includes 10 reports of abuse and neglect that was filed with the Sacramento County CPS, Jadianna Larsen, which had reports starting back from just 2 days after her birth in 2008 and continued until her death in 2015 where her body was found burned in Glenn County on the same day she was reported missing out of Sacramento County. Sadly, this isn’t something new or rare it seems with the Sacramento County CPS, in 2009 the Sacramento Bee wrote an article about the CPS being slammed in an audit showing that at least four children have died after CPS “bungled their cases and misses clear opportunities to remove them from danger.”
(Jadianna Larsen Courtesy of the Sacramento Bee)
There is no question that ultimately, Alexandria Griffin-Heady, the dogs owners and half sister of Tyler is responsible for the death of her brother. Considering that she had been breeding her pit bull mixes (mutts) and still had plans on breeding her dogs, knowingly kept aggressive dogs that supposedly attacked other people (according to relatives) and leaving her 9 year old brother in unsafe conditions it’s a no brainer that something tragic was bound to happen and yes, she should absolutely be tried, convicted and sitting in jail. How the Sacramento CPS could not see this, I have no idea, but it’s not surprising considering how easily they turned a blind eye to the previous children that have died in their care.
Sadly, Tyler is yet another statistic for the Sacramento CPS and it will be far easier and beneficial for Sacramento CPS and BSL Advocates to turn this into a dog issue and not focus on the real issue, the obviously broken Sacramento Child Protective Service. The bottom line is: Tyler would still be alive if CPS had done their job, not just Tyler but so would countless of other children under their care who have been killed in horrific manners.