Mom Indicted In Dog Mauling Death Of 9 Day Old

A Bladen County grand jury indicted the mother of a 9 day old baby who authorities say was mauled to death by dogs in their home.

Chelsea Brigman was arrested Friday with involuntary manslaughter and posted a $50,000 bond.

Addyson Camerino was killed August 30th in a Clarkton home where the dogs lived with baby's mother, grandparents, uncles and an upstairs tenant. The district attorney says they decided to have to community, through the grand jury, be involved in deciding whether charges should be brought.

District Attorney Jon David said everyone who worked on the investigation was impacted by the gruesome nature of the baby's death, adding that the death of such a young child, by a group of dogs, is an emotionally charged event.


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  • by arlene Location: N C on Sep 20, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    I didn't read all the comments, but those that said that dogs are taught not to bite have lots to learn. The story goes like this: A well to do family owned a doberman for many years. The beautiful dog had been trained by the best in the business. It was just a puppy when they bought him and the children were accustommed to playing with him. One day, out of the blue, the dog attacked one of the daughters and tore her scalp, pulled hair out, and damaged her so severely that it took many surgeries to somewhat repair the damage. I learned a lesson that day that I never forgot. I am an avid animal lover, but never tell anyone that your dog won't bite. You can say that he never has bitten before, but don't make promises you can't possibly know for sure you can keep. So sorry for the death of an innocent child.
  • by Really? Location: Choco on Sep 20, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    Question: if dogs are so safe, then why does this keep happening? Don't even think that because YOUR dog was an angel, that ALL dogs can be angels. That is just a rediculous a notion as the one that all people can be angels. Only in a perfect world. This is not a perfect world. Even if every dog in the world was perfectly trained by perfect owners, they are still animals. And just like children raised in good homes can go bad, so can dogs. Get real.
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      by Bob on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:11 AM in reply to Really?
      so what your saying is just because my kid doesnt drink and drive doesnt mean your kid will? close to 40% of drunk diving victims die. less than 20% of dog bites require more than a band aid and a pop on the nose, of those 80% have been attributed to poor ownership. Dalmatians account for more dog bites than any other breed, yet alone imagine if people complained about Chihuahua bites. your kid is more dangerous than my dog. get over it
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        by really? on Sep 20, 2011 at 02:07 PM in reply to Bob
        Read arlene's post. No, most bites are minor, but no bite is minor to a child. And where did I say that only Pit Bull's bite? And if you will read my post again, you will see that I'm not saying that all dogs are dangerous. I am saying that the risk is there in every pet.
  • by forever his on Sep 19, 2011 at 08:35 PM
    After reading about this tragedy.. I am inclined to say.. 1. Agreed the infant should have NEVER been left alone.. I am a mother of 3. When I found out I was pregnant with my first child.. I had a pit.. he was almost 1. He slept with his head on my stomach through my entire pregnancy. The day we brought my son home.. we introduced our dog to our son. My son is 10 now and my dog recently passed but he never was aggressive to my children. My dog only reacted once to my son and that was to protect him. My son walked up on a snake one day and screamed. My dog ran to my son standing between the 2. Clearly the dogs mentioned in this story had poor training. The breed of the dog doesn't depict how a dog will be.. its owners do.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 20, 2011 at 09:50 AM in reply to forever his
      perfectly spoken!
  • by Business as Usual Location: ENC on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    I agree, blame the mother, not the animal. But one of the dogs who killed this poor baby was a german shepherd. Dogs attack because its their instinct, and no amount of breeding or training is going to guarantee that one day your sweet loveable dog is not going to bite or maul someone. Letting a small child get in a dog's face or pull at or bite a dog is irresponsible at best. You're trying to attribute human qualities to an animal, instead of understanding that it is an animal. God help you if one of your grandchildren get hurt as a direct result.
  • by Business as Usual Location: ENC on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    I agree, blame the mother, not the animal. But one of the dogs who killed this poor baby was a german shepherd. Dogs attack because its their instinct, and no amount of breeding or training is going to guarantee that one day your sweet loveable dog is not going to bite or maul someone. Letting a small child get in a dog's face or pull at or bite a dog is irresponsible at best. You're trying to attribute human qualities to an animal, instead of understanding that it is an animal. God help you if one of your grandchildren get hurt as a direct result.
  • by Business as Usual Location: ENC on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:58 PM
    I agree, blame the mother, not the animal. But one of the dogs who killed this poor baby was a german shepherd. Dogs attack because its their instinct, and no amount of breeding or training is going to guarantee that one day your sweet loveable dog is not going to bite or maul someone. Letting a small child get in a dog's face or pull at or bite a dog is irresponsible at best. You're trying to attribute human qualities to an animal, instead of understanding that it is an animal. God help you if one of your grandchildren get hurt as a direct result.
  • by Business as Usual Location: ENC on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:55 PM
    I agree, blame the mother, not the animal. But one of the dogs who killed this poor baby was a german shepherd. Dogs attack because its their instinct, and no amount of breeding or training is going to guarantee that one day your sweet loveable dog is not going to bite or maul someone. Letting a small child get in a dog's face or pull at or bite a dog is irresponsible at best. You're trying to attribute human qualities to an animal, instead of understanding that it is an animal. God help you if one of your grandchildren get hurt as a direct result.
  • by Agree with V Location: NC on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    I agree with V 100% The mother SHOULDNT'T be the only person charged with this crime. My question is, who was watching the baby? Was the mother out at the time? Why were there SO many people in the home yet this awful thing happen to someone who just started to live. It's an heart breaking story!
  • by Agree with V Location: NC on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:49 PM
    I agree with V 100% The mother SHOULDNT'T be the only person charged with this crime. My question is, who was watching the baby? Was the mother out at the time? Why were there SO many people in the home yet this awful thing happen to someone who just started to live. It's an heart breaking story!
  • by me Location: enc on Sep 19, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    what breed was it?
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