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Feb 11, 2013 11:16 PM by Associated Press

Mom, daughter convicted in deadly pit bull attack

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Two San Diego pit bull owners have been convicted in their dog's fatal mauling of a 75-year-old woman.

Alba Cornelio and her daughter 21-year-old Carla Cornelio were found guilty Monday of felony involuntary manslaughter and owning a mischievous animal that caused death.

The elder Cornelio cried in the courtroom after hearing the verdict and was removed by paramedics on a gurney.

In 2011, 75-year-old Emako Mendoza was in her backyard when the dogs entered through a gap in a shoddy fence the judge said the Cornelios should have mended.

Mendoza underwent amputations for her left arm and leg as a result of the attack, but died from severe infections and complications. She was 76 when she died.

They are due for sentencing March 11.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

2/11/2013 6:04:20 PM (GMT -8:00)

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