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Mother charged after dogs kill Bladen infant

Posted September 19, 2011

— A Bladen County grand jury has indicted an 18-year-old mother after dogs mauled her 9-day-old daughter to death last month, authorities said Monday.

Chelsea Briggs, of 10140 N. College St. in Clarkton, was charged with involuntary manslaughter after a grand jury met in special session on Friday.

Addyson Paige Camerino was killed on Aug. 30 after several dogs in the home attacked her, authorities said. Five dogs were removed from the home, which authorities said was shared by Briggs, the baby, Briggs' parents, brothers and a tenant.

Neighbors said the family's dogs included a rottweiler and a pit bull.


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  • jregina Sep 20, 2011

    My husband and I have the sweetest most loving Rottie who has been well trained and socialized. My husband actually uses her as a service dog. But we would never leave her unattended around children. To do so would be completely irresponsible. The only dog I've ever been bitten by was a Cocker Spaniel. This debate about what breeds are more inclined to bite is a waste of time. Any dog can bite. The only reason that Rotts and Pitts have their reputation is because too many PEOPLE acquire such breeds for the wrong reasons and then encourage them to be aggressive!!! But it also irresponsible to fail to recognize the power of such dogs and be so careless with them. If you have a powerful breed, you can't underestimate their power as otherwise incidents like this can happen. Rest in peace baby.

  • sutherngrl94 Sep 20, 2011

    @ smack: I totally agree with you. What about the stats on all the small dog bites? Why are people talking about that? My rottweiler visited a children's playground every single day and she loved it. She allowed the children to lay all over her. Difference? Supervision. I was ALWAYS THERE. Don't blame the dogs people. It's the people. It was an 18 year old mom! Pits and rotties make great family dogs. Where were the other people living in that house? There is more to this story. Don't blame the dogs right off the bat because they were born one breed or another. Your little dog will bite someone quicker than a properly raised pit or rottie. You little dog owners who say "isn't that cute" when they're barking their heads off should take a second look. No, it's not cute. It's aggression. No matter what breed you own you have to be responsible. This woman was OBVIOUSLY not responsible nor was she supervising. Blame the people, not the dogs.

  • familyfour Sep 20, 2011

    Dont blame the dogs.

    They were her responsibility, too.

  • anastasia Sep 19, 2011

    Sumo Vita, one of my daughters, when she was a teenager, was badly bitten by a friends cocker. She was getting out of a car at her friends house, the cocker came running out from a partially closed garage door, and grabbed my daughters knee, biting the back, soft-side of the knee cap, quite badly. Our entire family is well socialized to dogs, this was just an attack out of nowhere.

    As to 'easy to train if treated with respect', that refers to calm, consistent obidience training, not hitting or beating the dog. Not shoving it's nose into the ground, etc. But consistent training methods. Any dog breed can and does bite. One of my daughters has a big, yellow lab. Of all of our extended family dogs, the yellow lab is the only one that's bitten, twice now. He has never shown aggression to the family or children, but he has bitten two different grown men. Both males he had never seen before. His protection instinct towards his family is 'to a fault' IMO. Most dogs need special socializati

  • josephlawrence43 Sep 19, 2011

    Need to remember some basic psychology about dogs: A: they are "pack animals"-with the human members of their family considered to be part of the pack. B: Animals are territorial.
    Bringing a baby into a home without proper cautions is dangerous, regardless of the breed of animal. The new baby is an intruder in their pack--as well as being an intruder in their territory. Either situation CAN produce an aggressive response. Just a little personal history--at the time my daughter was born, I had six house dogs--including two German Shepherds. I carried my daughter into the house, and sat down on the couch. While holding my daughter, I brought each dog up to sniff and lick my daughter--as I was holding my daughter, the dogs learned that she was now an accepted member of the pack, and that it was ok for her to be in the dogs territory. The two Shepherds quickly became the guardians of my daughter.

  • Sumo Vita Sep 19, 2011

    Anastasia - Cocker Spaniels might be snappy, but when was the last time you heard of one mauling a child?

    From your own references - the Rottweiler is "rough and tumble", has an "aloofness towards strangers", "easy to train IF TREATED WITH RESPECT", "loyal and protective AT TIMES TO A FAULT", has a "fierce devotion" to family... the red flags (and the caveats) go on.

    And everything I read validates the earlier point I was trying to make: The breed's very nature REQUIRES specific practices to ensure the animal is of sound mind, and stable around strangers. This is NOT the case with other breeds that naturally have a sweet disposition. Golden Retrievers, for example, don't need special socialization training - they're inherently social.

    Even wild animals can be conditioned to be manageable around humans, but that hardly deems them worthy of domestic pet status, does it?Ergo: the greater the inherent instability, the greater the caution one must exercise around these breeds.

  • anastasia Sep 19, 2011

    Rottweiler is a dog of many talents: he’s rough and tumble, ready for anything; easy to train, if treated with respect and consistency; loyal and protective, at times to a fault; strong, yet gentle; aloof and dignified with strangers and playful and loving to his family. In short, the Rottie is the typical “tough guy with a heart of gold.”


    It is in breed temperament that the Rott is often misjudged. A well-bred Rottweiler is calm, confident, and courageous with an inherent aloofness towards strangers and a reserved attitude in new situations. Combined with his fierce devotion to home and family, these characteristics can be subverted from their original purpose by poor breeding practices, lack of socialization, and failure to teach basic good manners. Rottweiler owners without a strong grasp of the breed’s nature can find themselves in trouble if the dog has been badly bred or assumes leadership of the family.

  • anastasia Sep 19, 2011

    Suma Vita, if you check copies of dog information books of old, you'll find that both bull dogs & rotties were well recommended for their stability around children. Being 'good family dogs.' On the other hand, cocker spaniels are known to be snappy. Though when I was a kid, that was the family dog of choice for many. Our neighbors had one, bit a number of the kid next doors friends when they were kids.

  • Sumo Vita Sep 19, 2011

    Reading through these comments, I'm reminded of the following quote:

    The race isn't always to the swift,
    Nor the fight to the strong -
    But that's the way you bet.

    Providing little anecdotal exceptions to oppose general rules isn't terribly compelling. And to claim that it's "not the breed, it's how it's raised" is being overly simplistic: yes, of course you can take the most docile breed of dog and turn it into something maniacal - and vice versa. That's not the point.

    The reason that Pits or Rotts make good guard dogs is precisely because they're predisposed towards being more aggressive, tenacious, and more than a little unstable. Given an identical level of care and tending, a Lab *WILL* statistically be less likely to initiate an unprovoked attack than either of the former breed.

    There's sufficient evidence of this, for those genuinely interested. You can stick your head in the sand, or demand proof, or claim conspiracies till the cows come home - that's not going to change.

  • terriblanchard Sep 19, 2011

    I had a Rotti when my first baby was born and that dog was very protective of her! I believe that any breed can attack, whether provoked or not. I feel sorry for the baby that had to endure such pain and for the mother, whether she wanted the child or not, she will have to live with this for the rest of her life.