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Family discusses pit bull's deadly attack on child

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Nine-year-old Derion Stevenson appears in this recent image. (Source: Lavender Kiing) Nine-year-old Derion Stevenson appears in this recent image. (Source: Lavender Kiing)
Left Eye, a pit bull mix, appears in this undated image. (Source: Facebook) Left Eye, a pit bull mix, appears in this undated image. (Source: Facebook)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A Las Vegas family is grieving after a child was attacked and killed by a pit bull mix. Nine-year-old Derion Stevenson was walking to a friend’s house in the east Valley when the attack occurred Wednesday afternoon.

The animal’s owner could face civil and criminal repercussions.

Neighbors told FOX5 that the dog, a 3-year-old pit bull mix named Left Eye, had previously attacked children and other dogs in the neighborhood.

Alvina Mason, Derion’s grandmother, choked back tears as she described what happened to the boy.

“I saw a dog covered in my grandson’s blood and my grandbaby on the ground,” she said.

Derion was later pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital Trauma.

“I feel like I’m dreaming,” Mason said.

A neighbor, who didn’t wish to be identified, told FOX5 she filed a police report three weeks ago when Left Eye attacked her child and dog. That attack was corroborated by neighbor Martiza Cardona.

“We hear someone screaming outside, and we tried to separate the pit bull and little dog,” Cardona said.

FOX5 legal analyst Bob Massi said investigators will have to verify claims that Left Eye had attacked in the past.

“Knowledge this same dog bit another child a few weeks ago is another layer here that could impact both civilly and criminally,” Massi said.

A Facebook post by Left Eye’s owner indicates she tried to get rid of the dog last year. She wrote: “I need 2 find this goofy loveable dog a good loving home.”

Metro police told FOX5 that officers were called to that east Las Vegas neighborhood in January after someone reported dogs running loose, including one that matched Left Eye’s description.

“If you kept the dog in a safe place and secured the dog, this child would be here now. That’s what they have to pay for civilly and criminally,” Massi said.

Left Eye was euthanized Thursday morning.

[READ: Dog euthanized after fatal attack on Las Vegas child]

Massi said it will be up to the district attorney to determine if charges will be filed.  

A Go Fund Me account was created to assist the family with funeral expenses. Click here to make a donation. 

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