Woman mauled by pit bulls had drugs, alcohol in system

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 22-year-old Port Huron woman who was fatally mauled by two pit bulls last month likely was under the influence of marijuana, cocaine and alcohol at the time of her death.

“She had alcohol at the level of 0.23, so that would be like three times the level of legal intoxication,” Oakland County Medical Examiner Ljubisa Dragovic said of Rebecca Hardy’s toxicology results. “There were active compounds of marijuana and there was a breakdown product of cocaine.”

Dragovic said that although there was no measurable cocaine in Hardy’s blood, the drug breaks down “very quickly in the human body” so the presence of a breakdown product “indicates that she had used cocaine within hours prior to her death.”

It is “quite possible, quite likely” she was under the influence of all three substances when she climbed a fence last month into a yard holding the dogs that mauled her to death, Dragovic said.

She climbed the fence knowing the dangers she faced, according to authorities. As result, her death was ruled a suicide.

According to police, Hardy entered the property on the 1700 block of 10th Street about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Hardy, who lived one block from where the attack occurred, suffered extensive injuries to her head, face and neck. She was taken to a Beaumont Hospital, where she died later that night, according to police.

Dragovic has called Hardy’s actions “purposeful.”

Hardy had attempted suicide in the past, Dragovic said. He said before Hardy entered the yard with the dogs, she was kicked out of the house over an argument with her fiance about drugs and alcohol.

The manner of Hardy’s death “was determined based on information given to police by witnesses during the investigation,” Port Huron Police Capt. Jeff Baker said last month.

According to Ray Jankowski, an investigator for the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office, Hardy died of multiple injuries.

Authorities last month said the dogs’ owner was cooperative during their investigation and hadn’t yet been charged. Police said they are working with the St. Clair County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if charges are warranted in the case.

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