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Arkansas man charged with negligent homicide in dog attack that killed 9-year-old

by David Wilson | July 22, 2020 at 5:37 p.m.
A Faulkner County sheriff's office vehicle is shown in this photo.

A Central Arkansas man who faced several charges after a fatal dog attack in May was additionally charged Friday with negligent homicide, court records show.

Trey Edgar Wyatt, 26, is charged with negligent homicide, tampering with physical evidence, and multiple drug and firearm offenses, court documents show, in connection with the May 28 death of 9-year-old Robbie Taylor in Mount Vernon.

The Faulkner County sheriff's office told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in May the boy's mother reported that her son went to retrieve the mail outside his home.

His mother searched for him after he didn't return in a reasonable amount of time, an arrest affidavit states. Authorities arrived to aid in the search shortly after 9:15 a.m., according to the affidavit.

The boy was found around 9:30 a.m., authorities said.

The documents state he was found bleeding and not breathing. He reportedly suffered severe trauma to the head and neck.

A minor witness said she saw dogs head across a pasture into a neighbor's property at 18 Chambers Lane. Authorities made contact with the property owner, who allowed law enforcement to enter the home. Inside, investigators said they noticed several spots of what appeared to be blood.

Police made contact with Wyatt, the property owner's boyfriend, about an hour after arriving at the address. Both were interviewed, documents state.

A search warrant was executed at 18 Chambers Lane. Investigators found suspected methamphetamine and other paraphernalia, the affidavit states, as well as two firearms.

Investigators also collected blood evidence. They noted it appeared someone made an attempt to clean areas where the suspected blood was found.

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