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No charges in fatal Galesburg dog mauling

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

GALESBURG – Authorities said they won’t file charges in the mauling death of a 7-year-old Galesburg boy who was attacked by a dog in March.

Ryan Maxwell died shortly after he was bitten by the chained pit bull owned by family friends. The dog was killed by police.

Galesburg Police Sgt. Bob Schwartz told The (Galesburg) Register-Mail that they couldn’t find a statute to apply to the attack, so no charges could be filed.

Maxwell had played with the dog before and the animal hadn’t been aggressive.

WSIL radio reported that a dedication ceremony was held this weekend for a tree and memorial garden behind Nielson Elementary School, where Maxwell attended.

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