Kimiko Hardy sentenced to 3 years in prison

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DAYTON (WDTN) – Kimiko Hardy is heading to prison for the death of her step-grandson.

A judge on Thursday sentenced the 38-year-old Hardy to three years in prison.

Prosecutors said Hardy was responsible for the death of Jonathan Quarles, Jr.

He was 7 months old when he was fatally mauled by her pit bull in her home on Riverside Drive in Dayton in July of 2014..

“This child’s death was a horrible and tragic incident that was completely preventable if the defendant had taken steps to protect the infant from the dog,” Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. said. “If you own a dog, you are responsible for controlling that animal, especially one that has a history of being aggressive.”

Hardy was found guilty in May on several charges, including:

  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Endangering children)
  • Endangering Children
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Failure to Confine or Restrain Vicious Dog)
  • Failure to Confine or Restrain Vicious Dog
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Failure to Control Dog)
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (Violation of City of Dayton Ordinance for controlling dogs)

Prosecutors say an investigation showed that Hardy knew her pit bull mix was dangerous.

She was already punished for the dog’s previous attacks on a postal worker and another dog, both in 2014.

Hardy was required and did attend classes at the Animal Resource Center on responsible dog ownership.

Following the fatal attack of Hardy’s step-grandson, the dog was ultimately euthanized.

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