Cruelty Charges Against Falcons Tackle Dropped
GEORGIA – Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux is breathing a sigh of relief today after felony animal cruelty charges against him were dropped.
In February of this year, Babineaux was arrested in the blunt-force head trauma death of his girlfriend's pit bull-mix.
Babineaux claims that the night of the incident, the animal became aggressive around his 5 month-old daughter – and charged at her.
So the defensive tackle spun the animal by its leash - a technique suggested by the dog's trainer.
The investigation uncovered that the dog had a history of unprovoked attacks.
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said experts were uncertain of how the dog died – but an autopsy determined blunt-force trauma to the head ultimately killed it.
Babineaux's lawyer says the tackle likely would have been suspended from the NFL had he been convicted.
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