Dayton woman sentenced for fatal infant dog mauling

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      Kimiko Hardy appears in Montgomery County Court for sentencing Thursday, June 9

      DAYTON (WRGT) -- Prison time for the step-grandmother whose dog mauled her infant grandchild.

      The 38-year-old Dayton woman was sentenced today, June 9, 2016, to time behind bars.

      It's been almost two years since the baby boy was killed.

      The dog was euthanized after that attack.

      Kimiko Hardy could have gotten probation but learned today she's going to be locked up for several years.

      There were lots of tears and hugs at Kimiko Hardy's sentencing.

      Last month, she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, child endangering and failure to restrain a vicious dog.

      "I'm sorry. It was a tragic day," Hardy said in court.

      Her 7-month-old step-grandson, Jonathan Quarles Jr., was visiting when Hardy's pit bull mix attacked and killed the baby.

      "I'm sorry about this, I miss Jonathan, too," said Hardy.

      "Sorry will not bring my son back and from July 20th, 2014, this shouldn't be the first time, well the second time that I've heard that I'm sorry," said the baby's mother Kashyra Hardy.

      Prosecutors said Hardy's dog had attacked a letter carrier and small dog before.

      "Based on her failure to act and her sticking her head in the sand, unfortunately, this young child was defensless and was mauled by her dog," said Montgomery County Assistant Prosecutor Karen Groseth.

      Hardy's attorneys said she's remorseful and doesn't deserve prison.

      The judge gave her three years.

      Her daughter took it hard.

      Hardy could have gotten anywhere from three to 11 years in prison and even though she got the lower end, prosecutors are still pleased.

      "We're happy that justice has been done here today," said Groseth.

      Prosecutors hope the case sends a message to owners of vicious dogs.

      "You're going to be be held responsible for the action of your pet," said Groseth.

      We asked prosecutors about the case of Klonda Ritche, the Dayton woman killed by her neighbor's dogs.

      The dog's owners in that case were found guilty of misdemeanor charges in Dayton Municipal Court.

      Prosecutors said they look at the evidence and every case is different.


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      DAYTON (WRGT) - A Dayton grandmother was sentenced to 3 years in prison Thursday, June 9, for the death of her step-grandson, who was killed in an attack by her pit bull.

      On July 20, 2014, Kimiko Hardy was watching her step-grandson, 7-month old Jonathan Quarles, Jr., at her home on Riverside Drive in Dayton when her dog attacked the infant inside the home, killing him. The dog had previous incidents where it was considered dangerous, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office. It had charged at a letter carrier in April, 2014, causing the postal worker to be off work for two weeks, and the postal service to refuse to deliver mail to the home for six months. Then, on June 3, 2014, just weeks before the fatal mauling, the dog bit and attacked a dog that was being walked on the sidewalk in front of the home.

      Hardy was required and did attend classes at the Animal Resource Center on responsible dog ownership.

      The animal was taken by the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center and was euthanized in September, 2014.

      "This child's death was a horrible and tragic incident that was completely preventable if the defendant had taken steps to protect the infant from the dog," Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. said. "If you own a dog, you are responsible for controlling that animal, especially one that has a history of being aggressive."