BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WMBF / WECT) – The mother of the infant who was fatally attacked by dogs in her own home last month has been arrested and charged in the death of her daughter.
Bladen County's District Attorney Jon David says the mother of 9-day-old baby girl Addyson Camerino was arrested on Friday for involuntary manslaughter, as reported by WECT News.
Chelsea Lynn Brigman was released from the Bladen County Jail only hours after being booked when she posted $50,000 bail.
Officials removed five dogs from the home in Clarkton, NC where the newborn baby fell victim to the fatal dog attack.
WECT, sister station to WMBF News in Wilmington, says that the 9-day-old baby died in a NC hospital after the incident.
Officials say the infant was attacked by one or more dogs on Aug. 30. A call to EMS came in around 4 p.m. that afternoon and indicated the baby was discovered face down in the kitchen of the home.
Crews rushed the baby to Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown, but she died from her injuries.
A press release was distributed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Office Monday morning in which District Attorney Jon David released the following statement:
"Everyone who worked on the investigation was impacted by the gruesome nature of the death. The death of such a young child, by a group of dogs, is an emotionally charged event. It is for this reason that we decided to embark on a slow and deliberate process. As a team, we were determined that there would be no rush to judgment, and that our decision to charge would be based on the facts and the law."
According to neighbors, several dogs lived in the home including a Rottweiler and a Pit Bull. They say a young couple lives in the home, along with the baby's father's brothers. Neighbors say the family is in shock about what happened.
District Attorney Jon David said officials removed five dogs from the home on Aug. 31, "some or all of whom were allegedly involved in the death of the infant."
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called to help process the scene and interview witnesses. The Bladen County Animal Control also aided law enforcement to gather evidence. David said all agencies worked closely together to make every effort to fairly and accurately develop information.