GBI: 4-year-old Seminole County boy dies in dog attack

Published 1:58 pm Thursday, September 6, 2012

Four-year-old Brayton Roland, of Seminole County, Ga., who was reported missing Wednesday night, died from a dog attack, according to Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials.

At 9:06 p.m. Wednesday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 7986 Acorn Drive, in a neighborhood near Harvel Pond in the southern part of the county. The home is about 21 miles southwest of Bainbridge, near Seminole State Park.

Four-year-old Brayton was found dead in an area of tall grass in his front yard at approximately 11:30 p.m. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma from a dog attack.

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“[The determination of the cause of death] was based on the results of the autopsy, as well as what we witnessed at the scene,” said Steve Turner, the special agent in charge of the GBI’s Thomasville, Ga., regional office.

Seminole County Sheriff’s deputies are searching in the area of Roland’s home for a dog that might have attacked the little boy, Special Agent Turner said.

“[The GBI] will continue to assist the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and if they find a dog that was possibly involved in the attack, we can examine the dog to see whether in fact it was or not,” Turner said.

A massive search was conducted for Brayton after he was reported missing. Taking part were deputies from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, GBI agents, state troopers from State Patrol posts across southwest Georgia, Georgia Department of Natural Resources rangers, state probation officers, Jackson County, Fla., sheriff’s deputies and a search dog team from the Apalachee Correctional Institute in Sneads, Fla.

A Georgia State Patrol helicopter from Perry, Ga., was being brought to help search and was fueling up in Bainbridge when Brayton’s body was found, according to Sgt. First Class Marc Godby, the commander of GSP’s post in Colquitt, Ga.