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Updated: 5:53 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | Posted: 4:03 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dog owner charged in fatal mauling of 7-month-old

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DAYTON —

A dog owner was indicted on six felony charges today, one year after the fatal mauling of her 7-month-old stepgrandson.

Kimiko Hardy, 37, of Dayton, was aware her pit bull mix dog was dangerous when it attacked and killed Jonathan Quarles Jr. on July 20, 2014, while the child from Indianapolis was visiting her home in the 2200 block of Riverside Drive, Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. announced in a news release.

Hardy’s dog, Bussa, had previously charged a letter carrier in April 2014, which led the worker to miss work for two weeks and the U.S. Postal Service to refuse to deliver mail to the home for six months, the release stated. Also, just weeks before the fatal attack, Bussa bit and attacked another dog in June 2014. Following the second incident, Hardy attended required classes at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center on responsible dog ownership, according to the prosecutor’s office.

“This defendant was well aware that her dog was a dangerous, even vicious animal, yet she failed to properly control the animal and it killed a completely helpless infant,” Heck stated.

Jonathan was the infant son of Kashyra Hardy and Jonathan Quarles Sr. He was buried July 30, 2014, in Dayton. He died from multiple blunt force injuries, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office reported last year.

After the boy’s death, Hardy’s dog was seized by ARC and later euthanized in September 2014.

Hardy, who now resides in Jefferson Twp., was indicted by a county grand jury on four counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of endangering children and one count of failure to confine ro restrain vicious dog, according to the prosecutor’s office.

She is not in custody, and is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 6, online court records show.

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