YUBA COUNTY --
The half sister of 9-year-old Tyler Huston, who was mauled to death by three pit bulls in a Yuba County trailer, may face a felony child endangerment charge.
The Yuba County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday it had completed its investigation into the dog mauling that resulted in the death of Huston.
The sheriff's office forwarded their report to the district attorney requesting that a complaint be filed against Alexandria Griffin-Heady, charging her with felony child endangerment.
"The news of the fact that the report is prepared and submitted to the District Attorney's Office, I think, has put her again in a very distressed state," said Roberto Marquez, Griffin-Heady's attorney. "The recommendation really doesn't mean a thing to me."
Marquez said he knows the DA's Office still may not file any formal charges. If it does, he believes prosecutors will have an uphill battle.
"They have to show that she willfully, basically on purpose, allowed this child in a position where he would be, that he would suffer great bodily injury or death. It's our position that they can't prove that," Marquez told FOX40.
Marquez said his client loved her half brother and was in the middle of the process of adopting him.
He said Griffin-Heady is just as much a victim in this tragedy as any other family member, a fact he said will become obvious in court.
"I don't think that they can ever disabuse a jury, a judge of that. She is a victim, absolutely," Marquez said.
And Marquez said that child endangerment charge suggests Griffin-Heady meant to leave him in danger.
"At that time she believed, and had no reason to believe otherwise, she knew in her heart, these dogs were not a danger to her younger brother... And I think if we end up having to defend these charges, that's going to be our defense at trial," Marquez told FOX40.
Whatever the outcome may ultimately be, Marquez said he doubts his client will serve any serious jail time.
"I think on these fact though, no judge is ever going to want to sentence her to prison. Let alone, I mean, probably not even county jail. I think she suffered enough," Marquez said.
The Yuba County District Attorney's Office will now review the sheriff's office's report and decide to file those recommended charges, or possibly add more or knock it down from a felony to a misdemeanor. Marquez said the DA could also bring the case before a grand jury.
The three pit bulls have since been euthanized, according to the Yuba County Sheriff's Office.