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.