Five months after his mauling death, in response to an email inquiry, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the dogs involved in Crutchfield's death were three pit bulls, the fatal attack occurred on the dog owner's property, none of the dogs were chained and that Crutchfield had known the dogs well.
[source citations] Tay Lynn De Vaughn, 2-years old, was attacked and killed by a pit bull while visiting her aunt's home in the 3900 block of Fleetwood Drive.
His body was sent to the Arkansas State Medical Examiner's Office in Little Rock. On February 20, Johnson County Sheriff Larry Jones issued a press release stating, "The Arkansas Crime Lab has determined the cause of death exsanguination (loss of blood) due to multiple canine injuries.
The canines belonged to a family member." Crutchfield served in the Army National Guard for 30-years and was an Iraq war veteran.
Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the boy's mother, Sheila Moss, was devastated by her son's death, but was also "defending the dogs" and said "it's not necessarily the breed of the dog." The sheriff initially identified the dogs as "mixed-breeds" then posted images of both dogs to their Facebook page, ending the breed identification dispute.