Change in plea hearing scheduled in Las Cruces dog mauling case
POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 3:48pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 3:49pm
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A change of plea could be possible for the three defendants charged after a toddler was mauled by a pit bull last year.
15-month-old Jazilyn Mesa was attacked by the family dog in May of last year while being cared for by her grandmother 52-year-old Leticia Mesa.
The girl suffered serious injuries and later died at the hospital.
The grandmother was charged with negligent child abuse resulting in death and owning a dangerous dog after police said the pit bull had previously shown signs of aggression.
The girl's grandfather Arthur Mesa, 55, and her father 22-year-old Jesus Mesa were both charged with one count each of owning a dangerous dog.
All three pleaded not guilty last year when they were charged in September of 2012.
They are now scheduled to appear in court in December with a plea change.
Because it's an on-going case, the district attorney's office could not elaborate if a deal had been reached.