2017-12-01 / Front Page

Child dies after being mauled by dogs near his home

Boy had reportedly played with them daily and fed them minutes before attack
Staff Reports

A Northwest Elementary student has died after being attacked by dogs Friday afternoon on Daniel Morgan School Road.

Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said Korbin Michael Williams, 8, was walking with another 8 year old boy on the roadway across from his home at about 3:45 p.m. when 3 dogs attacked them both.

Korbin sustained multiple bites over his body by the dogs while the other boy was bitten once on the leg,” Fowler said. “While the dogs were still attacking young Korbin, his friend ran to his nearby home for help. The friend’s mother and a neighbor rushed to Korbin and called 9-1-1.

The young boy was pronounced was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is an absolute tragedy,” Fowler said. “The boy was familiar with the dogs having cared for them by feeding and playing with them daily. He had just fed them on Friday minutes before the attack occurred.”

Major Richard Turner of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said responding deputies found the dogs believed to have caused the attack in a fenced yard across the street.

As the deputies approached the home to make contact with the resident there, the dogs got out of the fenced area and approached the deputies in a threatening manner.

Turner said deputies had no choice but to fire their service weapons, killing two of the dogs.

The search was ongoing for a third dog on Friday evening. Turner said investigators didn't know which of the dogs bit the second child and they wanted to find the third dog to quarantine the animal. 

The incident prompted a massive response from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, which sent numerous detectives, deputies and crime scene analysts to the scene. The roadway was roped off with crime scene tape, as were two yards.

Turner said they had not yet had a chance to talk to the owner of the dogs as of Friday evening.

One neighbor described the dogs as German Shepherd/Boxer mix dogs and said the dogs hadn't caused any issues before.

Like others, the neighbor said he was in shock over what happened.

For everyone involved, Major Turner offered, “It's a horrible situation.”

Cherokee County Sherriff's Office Chaplain Will Vergara was called out to meet with family, neighbors and deputies.

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