Mother charged in son's dog-mauling death
A woman whose 1 1/2 year old son died last month after being mauled by the family pit bull surrendered to police Friday on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.
Natasha Wilson, 68-B Hunter's Ridge Ln., surrendered to police at noon, according to a news release from Dorchester County Sheriff's Office 1st Sergeant Michael D. Miller.
On April 23, Princess, the family's pit bull, had gotten out of a utility room and chased a frightened teenager to an upstairs bedroom in the family's town house, before grabbing Wilson's son Brian Palmer around the neck. The boy died the following day as a result of his injuries.
A police investigation found that Wilson knew or should have known that she had a pet that had displayed violent behavior and neglected to properly care for her son with regard for his safety.
The dog had killed a relative's cat about a week before the attack on the child, but family members said they dismissed it as dislike of other animals.
Wilson is expected to appear in bond court later today.