ATLANTA - First responders are coming together Friday to celebrate the recovery of a little girl who survived a dog attack that left another child dead.
On January 17, Syrai Sanders, 5, and her classmate, 6-year old Logan Braatz, were attacked while walking to their school bus stop. Logan died and Syrai was seriously injured, losing an ear in the attack.
Syrai was released from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston on March 6 after spending nearly two months in the hospital. Her family told FOX 5 she still has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but she's on the mend and remains in good spirits.
Friday, members of the Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Fire Rescue Department and the City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department are throwing a "welcome home" party for Syrai. Ahead of the event, they collected donations, such as scarves and toys, which will be given to her at the celebration.
The event will take place at the Rosel Fann Recreation Center from 12 to 2 p.m. on Friday.
As Syrai continues to recover, the outpouring of support also continues. Last month, NBA star Shaquille O'Neal surprised the young Atlanta girl's family with new furniture following her release from the hospital.
FOX 5 was there as the new items were delivered. Syrai's family told FOX 5 that Shaq has been involved with the family since the January attack.
Cameron Tucker, the owner of the two dogs that attacked Syrai and Logan, was originally facing a felony, but the involuntary manslaughter charge against him was reduced to a misdemeanor. He's also charged with reckless conduct.
Each misdemeanor carries a maximum one-year sentence. Under the felony charge, Tucker could have faced 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors said this was not the first time the dogs, one a pit bull mix and the other a border collie, had escaped.