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Robeson County boy remembers brother killed in dog attack

Posted January 26, 2016

— A 8-year-old Robeson County boy was mourning the loss of his 7-year-old brother Monday following a deadly dog attack.

According to family members, Talen and Jaylen West were playing in the woods near a home at 2484 Odum Road in Lumberton late Sunday morning when they encountered a neighbor’s pit bull.

The dog attacked both children. Emergency crews were called at about 11:20 a.m. and they found Talen unresponsive upon arrival. The brothers were taken to Southeastern Medical Center, where Talen later died.

On Monday, Jaylen told WRAL News that he and his brother were headed to a pond when they encountered the dogs near a barn.

Jaylen said they ran toward a nearby house, but the pit bull grabbed his brother by the neck and pulled him back toward the barn.

"I looked for about two seconds (and) then I just swing, swing," he said.

The dogs belong to Afreda Locklear. Spencer Oxendine, Locklear's brother, said one of the dogs recently had a litter of puppies.

"A dog is more protective over their puppies than some people are over their children," Oxendine said.

Oxendine said Locklear tried to resuscitate the child, but her attempts were unsuccessful.

Authorities said Talen had severe puncture wounds on his body. Jaylen was treated for leg injuries and released.

Robeson County sheriff’s deputies are investigating to determine what may have provoked the dog and whether charges will be filed.

“It’s a tough investigation, especially when you lose a child,” said Sheriff Kenneth Sealey.

Family members said the dog died at the scene, possibly from exhaustion or a heart attack. Animal control took the other dogs.


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  • Patty MacRae Jan 26, 2016
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    WHY is this child being paraded in front of the press. This boy witnessed an absolutely awful event that will likely haunt him for the rest of his life. What kind of parenting is this??

  • Chad Johnson Jan 26, 2016
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    Trash breed. Shoot those stupid dogs and charge the owner with murder

  • Geneva Smith Jan 26, 2016
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    I agree Arthur, some how or another the laws must be changed to charge owners of dogs that get free with manslaughter if the dog kills somebody, maybe then owners will make darn sure the animal cant get out.

  • Robert Richardson Jan 26, 2016
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    Didn't you know DSS considers it bad parenting to your kids of these ages play outside without supervision? When I was this age, there wouldn't have been any families with little kids if DSS was the same as they are now.

  • Arthur Raleigh Jan 26, 2016
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    It should be illegal for any dog to run loose and owners should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for any damage or harm they cause while running loose.

  • Jamie Escobedo Jan 26, 2016
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    I had to listen twice to this video. Why in the world would DSS be threatening to take the other children away?