UPDATE 09/21/11: A second arrest has been made in connection to the death of a 9-day old baby mauled to death by family dogs. The grandfather of the infant, Nelson Ernest Camerino, 49-years old, was arrested Tuesday and charged with involuntary manslaughter. According to the Bladen County Sheriff's Office, he is in Bladen County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond. Addyson Camerino died after being attacked by a group of family dogs August 30.
09/19/11: D.A. Issues Statement
Bladen County District Attorney Jon David issued a statement to the media today regarding the death of 9-day old Addyson Camerino (See: Full statement here). "Everyone who worked on the investigation was impacted by the gruesome nature of the death," David stated in the release. After law enforcement slowly and deliberately pieced together what led to the infant's death August 30, David called for a special session of the Blade County Grand Jury.
The young mother of the deceased child was arrested shortly thereafter.
The group of dogs seized from the family home, each of which presumably participated in the fatal mauling, include a pit bull, bulldog, Alaskan malamute, German shepherd and a mixed breed. It was also noted that the dogs lived in the same home as Addyson, along with her mother, grandparents, uncles and an "upstairs tenant." Because the case is pending, David said that prosecutors and law enforcement cannot say much else about the investigation.
09/18/11: Mother of Child Arrested
On Friday, Bladen County Sheriff's deputies arrested the mother of a 9-day old baby who was mauled to death by family dogs last month. 18-year old Chelsea Lynn Brigman (also identified as Chelsea Lynn Bridman), was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter. She was later released from jail under $50,000 bond. Animal control continues to hold the five family dogs. Earlier reports stated that up to four dogs were involved in the infant's death.
09/02/11: Victim: Addyson Camerino
Clarkton, NC - A 9-day old baby was killed by family dogs inside a Clarkton home Tuesday. Few details regarding the death have been revealed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Office. A newspaper obituary revealed that the baby was buried on Thursday in Lumberton. A baby shower for for the newborn was listed on Facebook for Wednesday, but it was cancelled. Five dogs were removed from the Bladen County home, including a pit bull and a bulldog.1
Court records show that the baby's father, 21-year old Charles Nelson Camerino, was in jail at the time of the deadly attack. Information from FayObserver.com shows that the newborn was at the home of her grandparents -- Nelson and Linda Camerino -- when it was killed by the dogs. The child's parents, Chelsea Lynn Brigman, 18, and Charles, also live at the residence. A 911 tape released Thursday revealed that at least three dogs were involved in the attack.
North Carolina Statistics
Of the six recorded fatal dog maulings in North Carolina since 2006, two have led to charges: Charles Dalton, 52-years old (Davie County) 2006 and Makalya Woodard, 5-years old (Union County) 2011. Other victims include: Julius Graham, 2-years old (Greene County), Karson Gilroy, 2-years old (Lincoln County) and Julian Slack, 3-years old (Onslow County). This is a 33% average in bringing charges, as opposed to the national average of about 20%.
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12/21/10: 2010 Dog Bite Fatality: Houston-Area Baby Girl Killed by Family Rottweiler
10/25/10: 2010 Dog Bite Fatality: "Very Loving" Pit Bull Kills Baby in Jacksonville Home
04/15/10: 2010 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Kills 7-Day Old New Port Richey Boy
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Photos: Bladen County Sheriff's Office