No criminal charges expected after baby fatally mauled by dogs

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - No criminal charges are expected to be filed after an 11-month-old boy was fatally mauled when two Siberian huskies got into his playpen at a home where he was visiting.

Putnam County sheriff's Detective Jimmy Patterson said he consulted with acting District Attorney Tony Craighead, who advised him the situation did not appear to be criminal in nature.

Patterson said Craighead stated his office would not be pursuing charges.

Trey Paeth was pronounced dead Monday afternoon after the mauling in a bedroom at the home of Allen McCaffrey just outside Cookeville.

The dogs have both been destroyed. Patterson said the boy's parents, Chris and Casey Paeth, were visiting McCaffrey.

They are in the Marines, assigned to Florence, Alabama. When the attack occurred, Casey Paeth and McCaffrey's wife were in another part of the house attending to their other children and heard nothing.

The baby was taken to a hospital in Cookeville, where he was pronounced dead from the multiple bite wounds.

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