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Mom pleads not guilty in son's mauling death

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego woman whose 2-year-old son was mauled to death by the family's German shepherd has pleaded not guilty to child endangerment.

Twenty-year-old Valerie Carlson entered pleas Thursday to a dozen charges that carry a possible sentence of more than 19 years in prison.

The boy's face and neck were mauled at Carlson's Tierrasanta home on July 31. He died at a hospital.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says Carlson told investigators she usually put the dog, named Zeus, in a crate at night but she had been drinking and didn't feel like it.

The dog has been destroyed.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune


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