Bladen County Sheriff & District Attorney not releasing many details on dog mauling baby death


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Submitted: Wed, 08/31/2011 - 9:44pm
Updated: Wed, 01/23/2013 - 5:13pm
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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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57 Comments on "Bladen County Sheriff & District Attorney not releasing many details on dog mauling baby death"


S. T. Byrd
2015 years 8 months ago

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.

lisa hoover
2015 years 8 months ago

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

Guest461
2015 years 8 months ago

…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….

pitbulllover
2015 years 8 months ago

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!!!!!!!!!!

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

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.