What Happens To The Children?

WITN talked with social services to see what happens to children like those involved in this week's Pit Bull case in Onslow County.

WITN News spoke with Roger Penrod, the Onslow County Social Services director.

He told us he can't comment directly on the case, but he did speak to us in general terms.

Penrod said if there is a case where parents are in jail on felony charges, the first thing DSS does is see if family members can watch the children.

If the family members prove they are suitable, the children go to them.

Penrod said there are steps parents have to take when they get out of custody.

He said they have to go through a parent education process, and then they have to prove living conditions are suitable for the children to come home.

If they can't and family can't take the children, foster care is used.

Currently, the baby injured by the Pit Bull is at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. The baby's two siblings are with family.


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  • by Sharon Location: jacksonville nc on Sep 7, 2009 at 04:07 PM
    I have one for you. You have a 7 year old golden lab, that never bit anyone. Your grandson comes over to stay the night. Gramma takes a sleeping pill. The child goes to bed, and so does the grandma... The little boy gets up in the middle of the night to use the potty, and the 7 year old lab bites the boy thinking he is a robber. The dog is put to sleep, and Gramma? Goes to jail? Think about it people.... We can never know what our animals are going to do, and there is no law against sleeping pills. The parents should go free until there is a law against it. Last I checked there is no law against having a puppy. I was bit by a horse when I was 7, and my mom was 5 feet away. Should my mom have went to jail?
  • by Sharon Location: jacksonville on Sep 7, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    A lot of people have puppies, and babies. No one would have thought this could happen. We all go to sleep. We all put our babies in a crib while our puppy/dog walks around the house. Our babies feet, or hands sometimes stick out of the crib leaving it fair game to any preditor, even a cat, or kitten. I hope we have all learned from this. Ed Brown was wrong when he said it had to of taken 3 to 4 hours to eat the babies toes. It could have taken seconds. Give your puppy a steak, and see how long it takes. The parents should not have gone to jail. They should be with there child. This could have happend to any of us. Think back when you was a child. I slept with my puppy. Heck they make movies of kids sleeping with dogs. Last time I check sleeping pills are handed out like candy by doctors to new mothers. If you get no sleep you are like a drunk person. Are we GOD, and are you perfect? Was the baby in a crib? How long have you let your baby cry in the crib?
  • by Sharon Jean Location: Jacksonville on Sep 7, 2009 at 02:28 PM
    Ed Brown said it take 3 to 4 hours for a puppy to eat a babies foot. He is wrong. It only takes 30 seconds. I have seen many of pitt bull puppies eat a 20 ounce steak in seconds. A babies bones are soft. We all have something to learn from this. It could have happend to any of us with a puppy, and child. I don't know the parents, but they should not be in jail. They should be with there baby in need of it's mother. YES I do have a baby. I have 5 kids, and 4 grand babies. I would have never thought a puppy would have done this. The parents have to live with this for life. Let them go home to there child. WE HAVE ALL LEARNED FROM THIS.... ED BROWN IS WRONG.
  • by Kelly Location: LaGrange on Sep 4, 2009 at 08:40 PM
    No matter where these children end up they sure are better off. They didn't stand a chance with these two losers or people like them. It's really sad too.
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