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Change in plea hearing scheduled in Las Cruces dog mauling case

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 4:48pm

A change of plea could be possible for the three defendants charged after a toddler was mauled by a pit bull last year.

15-month-old Jazilyn Mesa was attacked by the family dog in May of last year while being cared for by her grandmother 52-year-old Leticia Mesa.

The girl suffered serious injuries and later died at the hospital.

The grandmother was charged with negligent child abuse resulting in death and owning a dangerous dog after police said the pit bull had previously shown signs of aggression.

The girl's grandfather Arthur Mesa, 55, and her father 22-year-old Jesus Mesa were both charged with one count each of owning a dangerous dog.

All three pleaded not guilty last year when they were charged in September of 2012.

They are now scheduled to appear in court in December with a plea change.

Because it's an on-going case, the district attorney's office could not elaborate if a deal had been reached.


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