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Authorities ID 6-year-old boy killed by pit bulls

FANNING SPRINGS — Authorities have identified the 6-year-old boy who was killed after being attacked by two pit bulls at his aunt’s home.

Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum tells the Ocala Star-Banner that Joel Chirieleison had been staying at with his aunt, Heather Claar, while his father was at work. Authorities that Claar had watched the boy for several weeks during the day and had never had problems with the dogs before.

McCallum says the boy went outside to play Thursday while his aunt was watching TV and the two pit bulls followed him.

Later, Claar looked outside and saw the boy lying in the driveway.

The sheriff says the dogs were seized by Levy County Animal Control after the attack and were scheduled to euthanized Friday.