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.