Bladen County Sheriff & District Attorney not releasing many details on dog mauling baby death
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CLARKTON, NC (WWAY) -- Residents of Clarkton in Bladen County say they're shocked after hearing horrifying stories about a nine-day-old baby being mauled to death by the family dog.

Investigators say a nine-day-old infant was killed Tuesday afternoon at a home in Clarkton. At this time, the sheriff's office and district attorney will not say much, but investigators say five dogs were removed from the home and may have been involved in the baby's death.

Betty Pate lives across the street from where the child died. She says she saw the baby's mother's reaction.

"When she came out, or when she heard the baby crying, and came out the door, the dogs had the baby," Pate said.

She says the two dogs she saw the most were a pit bull and a rottweiler.

"You never saw them in the yard," Pate said. "You never saw them out running around, so they must have been dogs that stayed in the house with them."

We went by the Bladen County Animal Shelter where all five dogs from the home are being kept. We were told that we would not be able to get pictures of the animals because of the pending investigation.

We also attempted to speak with the family at the home, but we were told no comment, and then they began throwing rocks at us, so we left.

So far no charges have been filed in the case.

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Whatever the investigation eventually demonstrates about which of the dogs killed the infant here, it is beyond dispute that pit bulls kill FAR more people in this country than any other kind of dog. This is not surprising when you look at who is breeding pit bulls and what they are breeding for. It is overwhelmingly totally irresponsible people who are often breeding dogs to be used as weapons, not companions. If tainted peanut butter was killing as many people annually as are pit bulls the CDC would be investigating and the FDA would take it off the shelves.

Time for mandatory spay/neuter of all pit bulls and pit bull mixes except AKC and UKC-PR registered show dogs.

I read somewhere about the kinds of dog that the family had and they (supposedly) included an Alaskan malamute, a rottweiler, a pit bull and several bulldog mixes. Although pit bulls and rottweilers lead the pack (by far) in terms of killing people, any of those dogs could have killed an infant.

All dogs can be vicious and can attack but pittbulls have been known to kill when they do. They have powerful jaws that can rip you apart where a Yorkie can only bite. Certain large breeds, for instance "pittbulls" and "rotts" are much more likely to kill that little dogs. Many families who have had their family members killed or viciously attacked and injured have said they had the dog since they were puppies and it never displayed an aggressive behavior, but low and behold the dog attacks and you have those that defend these animals probably just like the families that now have dead loved ones.

....but it will not change the facts. We all know that even a little Chihuahua, a Poodle or a Schnauzer can for some unknown reason "nip" at people, especially antagonzing children that know no better. ANY DOG has that propensity! However, rotties, pitbulls, dobermans and the like tend to have somewhat unpredictable "episodes". When that happens to occur from these huge and powerful animals, they can easily kill, maim and rip the entire faces off of little kids and adults with a simple jaw snap. Even an experienced adult has no power against any of these block-headed muscle machines if they decide to attack you!

Call them your "babies", your "...sweet little harmless chumkins" or whatever you want to call them. It's your home, your children and if you want to subject them to that potential chance of instant and permanent destruction, go ahead, you know what the outcome will be. If it's worth it to you, just go ahead. While you're at it grab a few pet alligators, black mambas and a baby jaguar. They're all harmless too until agitated.

It simply boils down to basic common sense and the application of such as an adult, a parent and a pet owner. I love animals as much as anyone, but I realize their potential for damage of person and property and choose accordingly. Denial of the facts DO NOT fit into that equation no matter how you look at it!

According to studies by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the CDC, and the Humane Society of the United States, the top ten most dangerous dog breeds are:

1. Pitt Bulls
2. Rottweilers
3. German Shepherds
4. Huskies
5. Alaskan Malamutes
6. Dobermans
7. Chow Chow
8. Presa Canario
9. Boxer
10. Dalmation

Notice what's #1 and #2 at the top of the list.

u assume do 2 your ref.2 breed ban list, that it must have been the rottweiler and the pitbull dogs, as u see them! how would u like others 2 assume u commited a crime without knowing the facts. the whole ban began with false facts to begin with about a rottie.but a news reporter needed a story at the time which got national attention and ruined rotts reputation.she later newsperson tried 2 make it rite but it was to late. this is only one example of tons of others, if u would care to look at facts. also,u may like to look at all the good work rottweilers and shepherds do for our country and communities. there good by far outways any bad news about them. when is the last time u ever heard of a doberman doing anything bad? i've owned all 3 of these breeds, the best dogs i have ever seen! The prob. is when a breed becomes popular,idiots "people"do the wrong things with the dogs!! The list should b of the type of persons not allowed to own certain breeds NOT breed discrimination!5 dogs will form a pack!why would anyone have a baby around a pack of 5 dogs??is a more appropriate question i believe at this point. owners r suppose 2 b responsible for their dogs and children, when they aren't bad things happen.i small dog can kill a baby too, but the story isn't as good as accusing a "bad labeled breed"is it? people r so ignorant unless they have loved a dog or dogs now on this list and have a better understanding of dogs and educate their selves about them. i am so sorry 4 the baby, this should not happen! Lisa

LIE>>LIE>>LIE. most bites are from toy breeds..or MIXED!!!!!!!!!AT least 7 breeds you listed are SERVICE DOGS..Why is that? Good job on making your common sense know publicly

I am so sick of people saying that breeds like Pits, Rotties, Shepards and ect. dogs are vicious killing dogs.

Dogs are not born killers just like humans are not born killers.

Its the pet owner 98% of the time that makes dogs what they are. And the other 2% are dogs from shelters or the streets that people get and they dont know the animals background.
For example you can get an adult animal from a shelter that was put there by a previous owner because the onwer could handle the dog because it was aggressive.
In cases like that the animal should be put down, but instead animal shelters think they can save the animal and adopt it out without telling people how or why the animal is in the shelter in the first place.
Or somebody will pick up a dog from the streets and put the dog in the house with their family without knowing where the dog came from. Then the dog turns out to be nasty and somebody gets hurt.

Well in my opinion NOBODY should put a dog in their home that they are unsure of or they dont know the complete history of the dogs life. Especially when you have kids. ITS JUST COMMEN SENSE.

If you have a dog that you have raised from 8 weeks old and something happens that the dog attacks or kills somebody it is the OWNERS fault because they rasied the dog that way.
Or they were abusive to the animal, example beat the animal, starved the animal, just plain not loving the animal, even wrestling with the dog and encouraging it to be vicious.
So, yes I do blame the owner of the animals if the animal hurts or kills somebody.

I had a Rottie that I raised from the day he was born. He was the gentle gaint and everybody loved him even strangers that would walk up to him because his head was so big and he was just friendly as could be.
He also was very protective of child. My sister and her husband came for a visit on day and the brother in law went to spank my neice, but he changed his mind when my Rottie let him know dont do that.
My dog rammed hes leg with just the tip of nose letting the brother in law know he will protect the neice. My dog was that way because I raised him to let him know violence is not ok and he has protected other
child and a few adults when we would go to the park. A couple was fighting at the park and he got in the middle of them and growled at both then just sat there until the adults walked away from eachother then he came back to my side.
He wouldnt even chase birdS or squrrels to kill them.
So like I said it is how the owner raises their dogs to behave. I know for a fact that if that baby was attacted and my dog was there he would have protected that baby with his life.
Now I have a Shepard, Husky and a Dobbermint Pitcher and they are all good dogs that wouldnt harm a hair on anybody's head unless my husband or I was in danger or somebody was breaking into our house or car.
My next dog will be a Pitbull and I will train him the same way I train the rest of my dogs over the years and I KNOW that he wouldnt attack anybody.
Its the OWNER of these dogs that are at FAULT plain and simple. And isnt there a law here that you can only have 3 dogs at a time?
If Pitbulls, Shepards, Rotweilers got better owners then this discriminations of the breeds would go away, but seems to me the only people that go out of their way to get one of these dogs are people that want to look like badasses
and they train their dogs to behave the way they do.
I on the other hand only get dogs that are discrimated against by society because I want people to see that they are NOT BAD BREEDS that HUMANS ARE THE BAD OWNERS..

One more thing for the guest that replied to the news article....
"Once again a dog attack in the home where ADULTS were present. For all you TRU pit lovers keep a close watch people because, eventually the breed will get banned.
Then what will you do? Will you move and take your dog with you? Will you turn them over to the state so Animal Control can "DESTROY" them.
Not me...I will look my dogs right in the eye, tell them one last time I love them and have them put to sleep. This pitbull gag is getting way out of control. Mark my words..it's coming."

How in gods name can you say that you would look your dog in the eyes and put them to sleep if the breed gets banned. Sounds to me that you dont love your dogs very much because you so coldly said that. You should mark my words if you did that put your dogs to sleep because of a law that I hope never happens you will regret it and it will haunt you forever that you did that. I'm guessing you have never lost a pet before. It is very difficult to have a dog put to sleep even when you have to because of illness and old age. And you would put yours to sleep just because somebody says you should even though your dog is not ill and is healthy and young. The regret had heartache you would face will be horrible and you would wish everyday that you didnt do that to your dogs especially if your dogs never harmed anybody.
People should fight for the right to have the breed they want to have and not just give into a law like banning pitbulls because human made the dog behave the way they do. Just because a few bad people have made the breed look bad shouldnt make all Pitbull and Rotweiler loves suffer PERIOD!!!
I WOULD MOVE BEFORE A LAW TELLS ME WHAT KIND OF DOG I CAN OWN AND I WOULD NEVER PUT A DOG DOWN JUST BECAUSE A LAW SAYS YOU CANT HAVE THAT BREED.

Sorry so long but I love animal and this breed bashing has ticked me off.

I have to disagree on this one. I had a rottie for 4 years and that dog was the most loving animal. He was so faithful and good with my 4 year old son. This dog had seen MANY people in uniform,but mostly flight suits as we lived in a Airforce town. For no apparent reason a friend came to see us that the dog knew well and when he got out of the car our dog just snapped and jumped on him and litterally tore open the sleeve of his jacket and nearly took him down. After that and 1 other incident we had to get rid or him. It was hard, but the safety of my child and other people were more important. So I don't beleive it is always how you raise them. I have also seen the same thing with a Pit. No bashing, just fact that I think it's just their nature.

I am inclined to agree with you. I am so tired of people giving pits a bad name, because it not the dog but the owner the majority of the time. Most of the time dogs are raised to be mean and aggressive. Obviously, I am an animal lover and I believe that pits are great dogs.

...the Pitbulls do! It's the dogs ripping the faces off of little kids, maiming and killing people that does the harm to their reputation. A little common sense goes a LONG WAY with pet ownership. That can be a rare attribute with parents these days.

Tread in the land of the lion and expect to get attacked at some point! Just the way it is....

Is it time for your medication or mine?

Obviously the article has been updated from when I wrote my first comments! In the first article it didn't have the neighbors comments in it! And it did not say what breed the dogs were. But I still stand by my comments that it was not responsible for the parents to leave a infant by itself with any dogs!!!!!!!! And the pitbull breed will not be banned so I dont have to worry about moving to another state and I dont believe you own a pit for one sec, to make comments like that!

Wow...a pitbull, eh? Who'd have guessed? I thought for sure they were going to say a beagle was responsible.

There was a story out of Tulsa, Ok about 2 yrs ago, a young mother had her newborn in a swing in the living room, and the Grandmother, and Mom we're cleaning in kitchen, baby was asleep. Mother comes in the room to find their pug...yes a pug had mauled the baby to death, dna confirmed it was the pug. There was a puppy lab there as well that apparently did not attack. It was said, cause believed to be formula smell the dog was seeking, and trying to taste..What it comes down to is the fact that any animal can turn aggressive, or in fact act as an "animal" . I have an 11 yr old pitbull who has spent everyday with my 5 yr old Son, they are truly Best friends...However..I remind my Son she's old and tempermental, do not pick at her, mess with her food, throw toys near her...anything that may scare her. She is a dog...She loves you, but she can bite, she has teeth...When other kids come over, dog goes to a private area..As a parent, and Dog owner..this comes with responsibility....It's our job to know our kids, and our pets personality's, to make sure accidents do not occur...Punish the deed, not the breed...If ANY animal has teeth, it can BITE...Dont care why, or who...it happens!

I agree with you 100%. I have two yorkies and a pit bull. The pit plays with my grandkids, goes for walks in the park and plays barbie with my granddaughter. We supervise her at all times, she is trained and well manored. With ANY dog, they should not be left alone with children for their own safety as well as the childs safety. There is a responsibility that comes with owning pets. People want to believe that the animal is human and they are not, they have animal instincts.

The dogs should be Euthanized not because of what happen but, because their owners are not taking care of them. They should be put to rest so that they will not end up in a situation where they can't be held responsible. Any dog is like a GUN it only does what you want it to. I have pitbulls, and I would do anything for them to keep them safe. if that means to Humanely put them down, then so be it. Better that than they end up in the wrong care like this family. to they guy who asked if they were fighting dogs? Go to your local Animal Shelter and ask how many bites they get per month from Fighting dogs or House dogs. Fighting dogs are more DOG aggressive than human. Bottom line I feel for the family but, I feel even worse for the dogs. But yes they should be Euthanized (Not Destroyed). Once again a dog attack in the home where ADULTS were present. For all you TRU pit lovers keep a close watch people because, eventually the breed will get banned.Then what will you do? Will you move and take your dog with you? Will you turn them over to the state so Animal Control can "DESTROY" them. Not me...I will look my dogs right in the eye, tell them one last time I love them and have them put to sleep. This pitbull gag is getting way out of control. Mark my words..it's coming.

Get rid of the dogs and then get rid of those that allowed it to happen. Prosecute them for murder because that is exactly what they were a part of.

Agree, Kill the Mutts and Charge the People that was in the House w the Murder. What person in there rite mind would have 5 Dogs in the House. Got to be sum Dam White Folks.

This is horrible. However, casting blame in some moral sense is confusing people here somewhat. Yes, the parents messed up, obviously. But, if you mess up while owning a lab or a bassett hound, your kids are less likely to die. Breed matters. Pits and rotties kill more people each year than all other breeds combined. Everyone who tracks this, except the ridiculously biased sources like Bad Rap, recognize this difference among breeds when it comes to fatal attacks. If these parents had made better pet choices prior to becoming parents, their bad choices as parents would not have been as costly. Anyone who disagrees and comes up with complicated scenarios is merely trying to confuse you. It is crystal clear.

Taken directly from the fatality list last year:

6 infants under 1 year of age were killed - by 3 different dog breeds. Huskies, Rotties and "pit bull type dogs" each had 2.

Now, this may seem complicated to you. To me, it's very simple. The breed doesn't matter. The lack of parenting skills and choosing to leave your infant alone with the dog clearly does.

In 2009, we had 5 infant fatalities (under 1 year). Again, 3 different breeds involved in there. Husky, Chow Chow and "pit bull type" dogs.

Should we start including Huskies in with "dangerous dogs" or should we start holding parents accountable and educating them on proper preparation for the baby? Although it's easier to just keep demonizing dog breeds, it's far more effective to actually educate parents and expect them to put child safety first.

Use common sense. Don't leave the baby on the bed with the dog while you shower. Don't leave the baby in a carrier on the floor with the dogs while you step out on the porch for a cigarette. Don't drink and smoke marijuana until you pass out, leaving the baby alone with the dogs. (all of these were fatalities) They key thing - don't leave the baby alone with the dog. In all cases, this is the common denominator. Again, nothing "complicated" about it.

There's been no report how many of the five dogs were involved. We only have breed identifications on three of them - from a "neighbor". My lab is frequently referred to as a "pit bull" because she's an English Lab and has a big stocky head. In fact, if you asked the neighbors, many of them would say just that. The nutter at dogsbite.org would definitely take their word over her actual AKC papers as she feels she can identify a dog based on the bite (reading it strictly in the paper, of course). Talk about a biased, uneducated and confused source.

Let's wait for all of the facts. I'd be willing to bet when all is said and done, regardless of the breeds involved, the infant was left alone with the dogs again. It's so sad that infants have to suffer because of poor choices made by their parents.

I can guarantee you the dogs were after the baby milk breath and got carried away.I have a pit/lab mix and my dog goes to parks,plays with neighbors dogs,is trained,and behaves very well.The only time my dog has ever growled was when a friend was wrestling with me in my yard and I yelled out.

DEAR WWAY3,
YOU HAVE IN THE PAST SHOWN VICTIMS OF DOG COURT ON EVENING NEWS. YOU HAVE CUT AND EDITED THE FILM TO MAKE THE VICTIMS LOOK LIKE MEAN PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HURT POOR LITTLE FIDO. HOW WILL YOU SHOW THIS...MAYBE THE 9 DAY OLD DID SOMETHING TO ANGER THE PACK OF POOR LITTLE PINT SIZE DOGS . RIGHT ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU ALWAYS HINT AT IN YOUR DOG COURT CLIPS IN OTHER DOG CASES.... YOUR GUY JOHN RANDLEMAN SHOUD COVER THIS... HE REALLY KNOWS HOW TO EDIT....WHY DO I SAY THIS, I SHOULD KNOW MY FAMILY WENT THROUGH THIS WITH YOU. YOU NEVER AIRED THEIR SIDE. YOU WENT STRAIGHT FOR THE DOG OWNERS SIDE AND EVEN WENT TO HER HOUSE . BECAUSE IT MAKES GOOD TV.WELL THIS BABY NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO EVEN CRAWL. SHAME ON YOU FOR YOUR PAST COVERAGE AND THE WAY YOU DEPICT THE VICTIMS...SINCE YOUR COVERAGE OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS THAT WERE ATTACKED HAS DIED... AND YOU NEVER INTERVIEWED HER TO HEAR HER SIDE.SHE WAS SO HURT OVER THE WAY SHE WAS DEPICTED BY YOU WWAY3... AND YOU CONTINUE TO POST IT .DEAR VIEWERS IN BRUNSWICK, BLADEN, AND ETC. DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY THING MR RANDLEMAN PUTS ON DOG COURT.AS LONG AS IT IS NOT HIS FAMILY HE DOES NOT CARE UNLESS HE IS EFFECTED.

Yes, it was the parents fault that the baby was left in a situation where she was put in danger, but the dogs did the killing. To compare light sockets to killing dogs is just pure ignorance!!!!
I agree. the dogs should be destroyed and the parents charged with the crime. I love and care for animals but they are not as precious and sacred as a human life.

I agree with your statement until I read the last sentence. "I love and care for animals but they are not as precious and sacred as a human life". My dogs (poodle and shipoo) are my life. I love them just as I love my kids. Saying that, I would NEVER leave my dogs around a child, just the fact that a dogs instinct is to bite to protect (no matter what breed). I am not saying my dogs would ever do that, I would never know because... I would never give them that opportunity.

The dogs should of never been left alone with an infant and nowhere does it say the dogs were pitbulls dont judge the dogs judge the owners!!!!!!!!!!

If you haven't noticed, pretty much everyone is blaming the dogs. And yes, it does say the dogs were pitbulls:

"When she came out, or when she heard the baby crying, and came out the door, the dogs had the baby," Pate said.

She says the two dogs she saw the most were a pit bull and a rottweiler.

I don't think that pit bulls or rottweilers are more mean than other dogs. HOWEVER, I do believe they tend to act more aggressively when they feel threatened. While another dog may bark excessively, growl loudly, or bite, a pit bull or rottweiler will have an all-out attack.

Of course, if a doorbell rings I don't expect a pit bull or rottweiler to attack violently. I think that the dogs felt threatened, and, as is in their breed, they acted aggressively. Most pit bulls and rottweilers are nice dogs normally, they only act that way when threatened. After all, it can't be that hard to kill a 9-day-old baby for dogs that incredibly strong.

"It's reported that one of the dogs is a pit bull and another is a Rottweiler." Try reading the article before you post.

Yes, it does. In the second sentence of the article (above), it says it was a Pit Bull and a Rottweiller.

The woman said the dogs she saw the most was a pitbull and rottweiler. She didn't say they were the dogs with the baby. Why then would all 5 dogs be taken? Regardless, shame on the parents! I feel horrible about what happened. Why weren't these dogs properly restrained in the home is byond me. I used to own a rottie and a pibull until they died of ripe old age at separate times both were great dogs but I didn't have kids. Ignorance like this makes the rest of us who love our dogs look like we are all irresponsible when this simply not true. The majority of the people who own these dogs, in my opinion, should not even own a poodle. I do not believe in breed bans but believe that people need to train their dogs. There should be free classes everywhere as well as neutering and spaying clinics. And, there have been plenty of fatal dog attack by many breeds on infants not just these two breeds who may or may not have been the ones that did it. Poor baby!