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No charges in fatal Galesburg dog mauling

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GALESBURG -- Authorities say they won't file charges in the mauling death of a 7-year-old Galesburg boy who was attacked by a dog in March.

Ryan Maxwell died shortly after he was bitten by the chained pit bull owned by family friends. The dog was killed by police.

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Galesburg Police Sgt. Bob Schwartz tells The (Galesburg) Register-Mail that they couldn't find a statute to apply to the attack, so no charges could be filed.

Maxwell had played with the dog before and the animal hadn't been aggressive.

WSIL radio reports that a dedication ceremony was held this weekend for a tree and memorial garden behind Nielson Elementary School, where Maxwell attended.

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