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    Child Mauled To Death by Dogs

The Associated Press Tuesday, March 6, 2001; 7:51 p.m. EST

ST. LOUIS A 10-year-old boy was found mauled to death by dogs Tuesday morning in a neighborhood park, police said.

Authorities said the body of Rodney McAllister was discovered under a pine tree by a passerby. A coroner's autopsy showed that dog bites killed the boy.

"He was literally eaten by the dogs," Police Chief Ron Henderson said. "They fed off of him."

Rodney was last seen at about 5 p.m. Monday when his mother said he went to a park near his home to play basketball with friends, Henderson said.

When Rodney didn't come home, his mother, Gladys Loman, thought her son had spent the night with a friend's and did not report him missing to authorities, Henderson said.

Loman, 35, was jailed Tuesday on charges of child endangerment. No bond or hearing was immediately set. A 13-year-old son was placed in the care of authorities.

It was not immediately clear when Rodney died or how many dogs attacked him, police said. The boy's body had been bitten repeatedly, and his clothes were strewn through the park.

© Copyright 2001 The Associated Press

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