Girl who survived dog attack is out of the hospital

Little girl attacked by dog home from the hospital

ATLANTA -- A 5-year-old girl who survived a dog attack that claimed the life of another child has now been released from the hospital. 

Syrai Sanders, 5, was hospitalized for seven weeks after two dogs attacked her and a group of students headed to school in southwest Atlanta on Jan. 17. Logan Braatz, 6, died of injuries suffered in the attack.

Sanders underwent surgery after the attack. Her family told 11Alive on Tuesday that she's finally been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. Syari left the hospital on March 7 after being surprised by hospital staff.

Her mother said she still needs surgery on her right ear but is doing well.

"It's still kind of hard for me to talk about it now but I feel like it's a testimony in a way," Jeresha Williams, Sanders's mother, said. "She's happy, running around, dancing. She tries to run but I'm a little cautious...she tries to do everything she would before she was attacked by the dog."

In the days after the attack, Williams said her daughter was walking and talking "doing everything she was doing before." (See a video posted in the hospital)

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The owner of the dogs involved in the attack, Cameron Tucker, was arrested after the incident. He's facing misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct charges. Originally, he was facing felony charges, but a judge later reduced them to misdemeanor charges. 

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