2 Charged With Felony Child Endangerment in Toddler’s Fatal Mauling

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Police on Tuesday arrested two relatives of a boy who was fatally mauled by pit bull mixes at a home in Colton, authorities said.


Marco Zamudio, 23, and Eustolia Zamudio, 42.
(Colton Police booking photos)

Eusulia Zamudio, 42, and Marco Zamudio, 23, were booked on charges of felony child endangerment leading to death, police said. They are the grandmother and uncle of 2-year-old Samuel “Eli” Zamudio, who was mauled to death by as many as five dogs on Monday.

The dogs were euthanized on Tuesday, and their bodies were slated to undergo a necropsy, according to Colton police Detective Raymond Mendez.

Officers responded to a house in the 700 block of West Citrus Avenue at 5:32 p.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting that someone had been killed by a dog, according to a news release from the Colton Police Department.

The officers found a 2-year-old boy suffering from extensive injuries to his upper body. The child was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, authorities said.

Animal Control was called to the home, where officials took custody of five pit-bull mix dogs, Colton police said.

At the time of the attack, the boy was being babysat by an uncle, who owns the dogs, neighbors said. The child apparently climbed out of a window and into the backyard, where the mauling occurred.

“We were looking for him all over,” said family friend Erica Vega, who lives in the home. “We asked the neighbors. We couldn’t find him.”


Relatives provided this photo of Samuel “Eli” Zamudio, who was fatally mauled by pit bulls on Monday.

After a search, the boy’s grandmother found his lifeless body in the backyards, where the dogs were still around him, Vega said.

Jail for the Zamudios was expected to be set at more than $100,000, Mendez said.

An investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the attack was asked to call Detective S. McFarland at 909-370-5000.

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  • dailydebacle

    Poor child. Sad, tragic, predictable, and preventable. These animals are not "pets" and these owners are irresponsible to say the least. The result of inbreedi'n'g on both counts.

  • Presley1985

    Any dog can turn against his owner. It is obvious that these dogs were raised to be violent.
    My question is who in needs 5 full-grown dogs?
    This definitely could have been avoided by both parties.

  • esco

    I feel bad for the mother that trusted her family to WATCH this child. 2 year old's never stand still and are always on the move, if there's a way to get in trouble they'll find it. To leave a window open to a backyard full of vicious dogs is pure idiocy on the uncle's behalf. All he had to do is pay attention.
    And what's the deal with the system? Noth!ng ever changes for the better and this keeps happen!ng. I guess violent pit attacks are now a fact of life due to the inaction from people with authority and responsibility.

  • Doaqnxa

    I've typed up 2 responses, both were deleted. You allow people to bash the breed, but you don't allow people to stand up for it?

    The TV coverage showed that these dogs were clearly not pit mixes. Let's see if that sentence gets through.

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