FIRST ON 3: Mother of baby mauled to death by dogs charged with involuntary manslaughter
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The mother of the nine-day-old baby who was mauled to death by dogs in Bladen County last month was arrested on Friday after being indicted on one count of involuntary manslaughter.
According to Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies, Chelsea Lynn Brigman was arrested around 5 p.m. on Friday and was released from Bladen County Jail a few hours later under a $50,000 bond.
The Sheriff’s Office confirms the 18-year-old Brigman, identified on the initial incident report as Chelsea Camerino, is the mother of nine-day-old Addyson Camerino, who died after at least one dog attacked her at a home in Clarkton August 30.
Animal Control seized five dogs from the home.
“Everyone there that was there and had the dogs around in the house, to me they’re all responsible,” said Sandra Guyton, a Clarkton resident. “Something should have been done before now, I mean how long has it been since the child was attacked? I don’t know it just seems something should have been done.”
Susan Butler, who also lives in Clarkton says the death of baby Addyson is not only a tragedy, the situation, she says could have been easily avoided.
“We don’t think about our animals because we love them so much and they’re a part of our family as being still animals,” said Butler. “We don’t think about electrical cords or about little things that could hurt children. We have a lot of preventable deaths and unfortunately this is one of those cases.”
Both district attorney Jon David and the Bladen County Sheriff say a more detailed statement about Addyson’s death will be released some time tomorrow. According to a deputy at the Bladen County Jail, Brigman is scheduled to be in court on October 4.