A Newark man is facing a state prison sentence for endangering his 10-year-old son in February when the boy was mauled by two pitbulls after being left alone at the father’s apartment.
Enrique Carrillo, 42, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty on Sept. 5 to a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.
Under a plea deal, prosecutors are recommending that Carrillo receive a three-year prison sentence, said Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. There would be no period of parole ineligibility, she said.
Carrillo remains in custody at the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of roughly $60,000 bail, court records show.
The incident occurred on the morning of Feb. 12 when Carrillo’s two sons, who were 10 and 13 years old at the time, were visiting his Hawkins Court apartment, Carter said.
Carrillo left the home with the older son, while the 10-year-old son stayed behind by himself, Carter said.
The two pitbulls, who lived with Carrillo, somehow broke out of their crates and attacked the child, Carter said.
A neighbor, Robert Michael Ricks, later told the Star-Ledger that he heard a thrashing sound inside the apartment, grabbed a chair and smashed in the door.
When he kicked open the door, Ricks said he saw the two dogs “chewing on the little boy like he was a bone.”
Ricks said he wrestled with the dogs and pleaded with the child to run. The boy was able to escape the second-floor apartment and tried to run downstairs, but he fell, Ricks said.
Both of the pitbulls then rushed past Ricks and attacked the boy again.
“When you looked into the house, there was blood everywhere. It was like a massacre went on in there,” Ricks said at the time. “It was horrific.”
After Newark police arrived at the scene in response to 911 calls, officers shot and killed one of the dogs, Carter said. The second dog was later euthanized after a municipal court proceeding, Carter said.
The boy has recovered from his injuries and he is living with his aunt, who was his primary guardian at the time of the incident, Carter said.