DETROIT: The owner of three dogs who suffered a 9-year-old girl to death in Detroit earlier this week was in jail Friday (Aug. 23), held on a $ 2 million bond for second-degree charges  Pierre Cleveland, 33, was arrested and charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter and dangerous animals, as well as a murder charge, according to several media reports, including the Detroit Free Press.
A child, Emma Hernandez, 9, was riding her bicycle near her home in Detroit on Monday, the last day of summer vacation, when she was attacked and killed by dogs, despite efforts by neighbors to save her.  One neighbor uses a brick to hit the dogs, and another neighbor shoots one with a gun, media reported.
The Cleveland family called during his hearing Thursday, where he made a statement of innocence, media reported.
Asked his lawyer Emmet Greenwood for a reduced bond, describing the $ 2 million identified as "outrageous" because his client had no criminal record and was not a flight risk. The judge refused.
The Cleveland home in Detroit is across the street from where the child lived, and news media reported that neighbors have long complained in the city that his dogs were running away over a broken fence.
According to AP, the girl's father, Armando Hernandez, said the man was warned that the fence was too vague to accommodate the dogs.
A similar memorial of balloons, flowers and toys is placed in front of the child's home by well-wishers. Memorials were planned for the weekend.
A GoFundMe page was also created to help cover the cost of Emma's funeral.