DAYTON OH - KIMIKO HARDY SENTENCED TO 3 YEARS FOR HER PIT BULL MAULING HER STEP GRANDSON, JONATHAN QUARLES JR., 7 MONTHS, TO DEATH
(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 RITCHEY, 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.