New Jersey prosecutors will not bring charges against the owner of two pitbulls that mauled to death a 3-year-old boy who was playing in his backyard, a report said Tuesday.
The decision not to levy charges in the March 16 death of Aziz Ahmed was revealed in a letter written by Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and obtained by NJ.com.
“In this case, based upon the information known at this time, it would appear as if no law has been violated,” Ciccone wrote.
“Thus, despite the well-intended demands for justice, no charges will presently be filed.”
Ahmed was with his mother in the backyard of their Carteret home when a neighbor’s unregistered dogs snuck past the gate and attacked.
Ahmed’s mother was also critically injured by the dogs.
The dogs were shot by police who responded to the scene and then euthanized.
Ciccone, in her letter, said there was no evidence of “intentional, knowing, or reckless criminal conduct,” on the part of the dog owner.
A friend of the Ahmed family, Oma Morgan, told the news outlet that the prosecutor’s decision was “devastating.”
“If there is no law, we will fight to make a law … It’s unfair,” Morgan said. “They hold people accountable for jaywalking or letting a dog poop on your front lawn … that doesn’t cost someone their life.”