The Yuba County Sheriff's Department requested the district attorney file criminal charges against a Linda woman whose younger brother died after he was attacked by her dogs.
A report was forwarded to District Attorney Patrick McGrath on Tuesday afternoon requesting a complaint be filed against Alexandria Griffin-Heady, charging her with felony child endangerment for actions that led to the Jan. 3 death of Tyler Trammell-Huston, 9, Undersheriff Jerry Read said.
Griffin-Heady, 24, said she left her sleeping brother alone in a trailer with her three pit bulls while she worked a two-hour shift with a security company. She has said publicly that the dogs have never been aggressive.
The case has made national headlines.
The detective's report was more than 60 pages long and included more than a dozen witness statements.
Whether Griffin-Heady will be charged with child endangerment is up to the District Attorney's Office, a decision that likely won't be made this week.
"Cases like that get reviewed by more than one attorney in the office before we go forward," said Deputy District Attorney Michael Byrne.
"That process can take some time. There won't be any decisions made until the next week or so," he said.
Griffin-Heady's attorney, Roberto Marquez, said Tuesday evening he is supportive of the investigative agency allowing the District Attorney's Office to determine whether criminal actions were involved when the case concerns the death of a child.
"I don't have any problem at all, morally or legally, to file a report for the district attorney to investigate. That being said, however, that doesn't mean we can just have a knee-jerk reaction that because someone died that we need to file criminal charges. Because it may just in fact be an accident that is unforeseen and is obviously more than tragic," Marquez said.
He previously said that for a criminal case to be successful, investigators would need evidence that Griffin-Heady knew the dogs were aggressive or that it was not safe to leave her brother alone.
"The only information she had was that her younger brother was asleep, she would return fairly quickly and there was nothing she perceived as a danger with him sleeping in that little trailer next door to the main house, Marquez said.
Detectives were not available Tuesday to provide insight into what evidence exists that Griffin-Heady acted with willful negligence.
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