Documents Reveal New Details in Toddler's Death by Family Dog

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    Mark Sackett

    Newly released documents give new details in the case of a San Diego child mauled to death by a family dog while his mother slept on the couch.

    Aaron Carlson, 2, was mauled to death by the family's German shepherd while he slept in an upstairs bedroom. Aaron was bitten badly in the face, neck and torso and died at Rady Children's Hospital on July 31, 2010.

    CPS Removes Kids from Home of Dog Attack

    [DGO] CPS Removes Kids from Home of Dog Attack
    The older siblings of a two-year old killed by the family dog on Saturday have been taken into custody by Child Protective Services, according San Diego Police. Source: CPS Removes Kids from Home of Dog Attack | NBC San Diego (Published Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010)

    The boy's mother, Valerie Carlson, had been drinking the night before, had not taken the dog outside and had not fed the dog according to its regular schedule, according to the medical examiner.

    The ME's report, obtained by NBC 7 San Diego Tuesday, describe poor conditions inside the family's Tierrasanta home, saying the naval home on Lofberg Street smelled like urine and feces.

    Toddler Mauled to Death

    [DGO] Toddler Mauled to Death
    Neighbors say the toddler's mother was asleep during the attack. (Published Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010)

    Aaron lived in the home with two older siblings - a seven-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy. Both were in the home at the time of the attack but neither was injured.

    The childrens' father is in the Navy and was deployed at the time of the attack.

    Valerie Carlson was sentenced last week to a year in jail and five years probation. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the surviving children are living with relatives in Colorado.

    The family had owned the 18-month-old shepherd mix for roughly six months. The dog was euthanized by County Animal Services.