Pit bull puppies were reportedly at her home as well as additional adult pit bulls.
The two dogs had been in the family since they were 6-weeks old. [source citations] Robert Schafer, 4-years old, was killed by his family's rottweiler-shepherd mix after wandering into its penned area.
The girl's family was in the process of moving from the house where the dogs were still being kept to a house about a block away. Harold Love said, "It's still a mystery as to how the dogs were able to get out of the basement where they were kept and why the gate to the backyard was open." The dogs ran out of the gate and attacked Cassidy in the alley. The boy had been playing in his backyard, which was divided into two sections: The front section held a swing set and toys, and the back section penned the dog that was kept on a 20-foot chain.
Two days after Sullivan's death, police officers shot and killed two aggressive pit bulls while interviewing Large at her home.
Following an investigation, Large was arrested and charged with involuntary-manslaughter.