Miami-Dade County

Father charged with manslaughter in dog-mauling of 4-year-old

The South Miami-Dade man whose 4-year-old son was mauled to death by a pack of dogs was formally charged with manslaughter on Thursday.

Javon Dade Sr. and his girlfriend had originally been charged just with child neglect with great bodily harm, but prosecutors upped the charge Thursday at his arraignment.

Police say Dade and girlfriend were sleeping off a cocaine-and-marijuana high when his son ventured into their backyard last month and was killed by a family of terrier-boxer mixes and a pit bull that lived in the family’s backyard.

When his girlfriend, Alessandra Carrasco, 26, woke up that morning, she checked on the young boy and could not find him. She called 911.

About an hour later, police officers made the gruesome discovery: Laying in the tall grass in the backyard of the home at 12301 SW 230th St., was Javon Dade Jr., his upper torso and head covered with bite marks.

The couple surrendered one week after Miami-Dade Animal Services fined Dade $1,040 for not properly licensing his dogs, and not having their rabies vaccines up-to-date.

Dade’s arrest was his 19th since 2000, almost all the others were for marijauna and cocaine possession.

Carrasco on Thursday was also charged with manslaughter.