updated 6/24/2005 7:44:25 AM ET 2005-06-24T11:44:25

The mother of a 12-year-old boy fatally mauled by the family’s pit bulls was charged Thursday with child endangerment.

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Nicholas Faibish was killed June 3 by one or both of the family dogs when his mother went out to run errands. Maureen Faibish, 39, found her son in a bedroom, covered in blood from several wounds, including a major head injury.

One of the dogs was shot and killed by a police officer shortly after the attack. The other remains in animal control custody.

“His parent made the decision to leave (Nicholas) alone in a situation that endangered his life and ultimately led to his death,” prosecutor Kamala Harris said in a statement.

Maureen Faibish told the San Francisco Chronicle she had been so concerned about one of the dogs that she shut her son in the basement to protect him. She said the male dog was acting possessively because the female was in heat.

An arraignment will be scheduled for next week. Faibish faces a maximum ten years in prison if convicted.

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