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S.C. Boy, 6, Killed in Dog Attack Was 'Highly Intelligent, Funny and Always Full of Life'

Christine Pelisek
·1 min read

GoFundMe Cameron Jayce Hatfield

A South Carolina boy who was mauled by a pit bull last week was described as "highly intelligent, funny and always full of life."

Cameron "Jayce" Hatfield, 6, died at his Brunson home Wednesday afternoon after he was attacked.

"He was and will always be greatly loved by countless family and friends," according to a GoFundMe page set up by a family member. "There is nothing that can ever explain the loss of a beautiful child at such an early age."

According to his obituary, Cameron, who was in kindergarten at Fennell Elementary School in Yemassee, loved nature, fishing, playing with his cousins and paleontology and "could name most species of dinosaurs."

Hampton County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the scene "regarding a juvenile being attacked by a dog" on the afternoon of Jan. 20. The boy was found deceased, according to a Hampton County Sheriff's Office press release.

Hampton County Animal Control also went to the home and located the dog, which was later euthanized.

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The GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for a memorial and funeral.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating. "The case remains open," law enforcement division spokesman Tommy Crosby tells PEOPLE. "At this time we don't anticipate any charges being filed."

The division is required to investigate all child fatalities.