FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark.- A man has been arrested in connection to a dog attack that killed a boy in Mount Vernon.

According to a release sent Friday by the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Trey Wyatt, 25, of Vilonia, was arrested Thursday afternoon for tampering with physical evidence.

Officials say Wyatt also faces multiple county animal ordinances including nuisance animals and hazardous animals, running at large, liability of animals that attack a human being and keeping of a dangerous dog.

Wyatt was also faces multiple drug charges.

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FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (News release) — On Thursday morning at a 9:15 a.m., the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a 9-year-old boy who was missing from Mt. Vernon.

His mother told deputies that he went outside to check the mail. When he didn’t return a few minutes later, she looked for him and could not find him. 

His mother also stated that she noticed several dogs running from a field near her home. The young boy was found in the field dead from an apparent dog attack.

Faulkner County Major Crimes Unit was called to the scene.

The investigation led to two people being questioned by authorities regarding the incident. Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Conway Animal Shelter who took custody of two dogs from a residence off Chambers Lane.

The dogs will be quarantined for investigative purposes. This incident is still under investigation.