Jury deliberates fate of mother whose baby was mauled to death by dogs


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Submitted: Wed, 01/23/2013 - 3:32am
Updated: Wed, 01/23/2013 - 4:11am
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ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — A 12 person jury is set to return to court Wednesday in Bladen County to determine the fate of a 19-year-old accused of involuntary manslaughter after her 9-day-old baby was mauled to death by dogs in 2011.

Prosecutors say Chelsea Brigman left the baby alone with a number of dogs. Brigman has been in court since last week. In a note to the judge, the jury said they were split nine to three but did not indicate which direction they were divided.

District Attorney Jon David says a special Grand Jury was called for this case. Now, they must determine if the baby’s death was an accident or if Brigman played a role. The judge says deliberation will begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

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