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Dogs maul, kill Bladen infant

Posted August 31, 2011
Updated September 2, 2011

— Dogs are believed to have mauled a 9-day-old infant to death in a Clarkton home on Tuesday, Bladen County District Attorney Jon David said Wednesday.

Five dogs were removed from the home at 10140 N. College St., but David didn't say what happened to them. David said some or all of the dogs were involved in the death. 

According to a police report, the child's name is Addyson Paige Camerino.

Neighbors said a young couple lived in the home with the child's uncles. They said the family's dogs included a rottweiler and a pit bull. 

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"This is an emotionally charged incident for everyone involved, yet we are committed to making our determination on the basis of what justice requires," David said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and those in the community who are affected by these events."

The State Bureau of Investigation, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County Animal Control and David's office are working together on the investigation.


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  • Mr.Copper Sep 2, 2011

    @Chocolatetie24 You're right, all dogs can bite. But not all dogs kill. In fact, most of dog bite related deaths are by pits or rots. I have never heard of anyone being killed by any small breed.

    Also, those are the uncles that live in the house? Along with a pack of vicious dogs. Hmmmm. And why does there always have to be a guy without a shirt.

  • rosered857 Sep 2, 2011

    Five dogs is a PACK! What is wrong with people! I don't care if it was 5 chihuahuas! You don't leave a 9 DAY OLD INFANT unattended where there are a pack of dogs. The uncle, the parents, whoever, are responsible for the death of this poor baby. Stupid is what Stupid Does! and Stupid will never never learn! My heart bleeds for this baby and stop blaming the dogs; THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN THE HOUSE, if that was the case. Rest in peace precious one.

  • lprop Sep 2, 2011

    I have seen large and small dogs pick up a toy and just shake it. I can just see a small child being picked up by a dog as if it were a toy. The sad thing is animals never have any defense since they can't talk. The thing that is even sadder is there are so many people reading this story that have small children and dogs and this will happen again. Parents are responsible for their children and also for their animals. This happened and it can't be changed but we can hope that this story will keep another child from being hurt or killed.

  • WritNEWlaws Sep 2, 2011

    RIP little one. When will people ever learn!

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  • chocolatetie24 Sep 2, 2011

    i agree slantedeyes i have 2 pitbulls it make me mad that they always throwing pitbulls out there before the other dogs im trying to figure out how did they get the baby in the first place where were the parents this is cray after awhile the way its going there r going to get reed of the pitbull breed for good and im going to be upset

  • slantedeyes Sep 1, 2011

    Ok let me correct my last comment, leaving babies or small children around aggressive type dogs is just plain negligent, that is common sense, how ever i still feel empathy for the family has to be a horrible lost how many of us have done something stupid and have to leave to regret it, I really feel like they have been punished enough with the lost of that precious baby! My prayers go out to the family!

  • slantedeyes Sep 1, 2011

    I have three pitt bulls and I am so tired of the generalization that these are "vicious" dogs , what kind of dogs where the other two dogs that were taken from the home? I believe that they have the ability to be vicious based on what type of behavior is learned, some people choose to channel the wrong behavior, and I believe that the owner should be criminalized not the dogs, And further more you should never leave a baby or children alone with aggressive type of dogs without adult un supervised that is common sense!! Poor baby!

  • JetNoise Sep 1, 2011

    I've been bitten by three dogs: A lab, a maltese and a lhasa apso. All three were unprovoked.

    I wonder how many dog bites by little dogs aren't even registered because they didn't get medical attention. I never reported the bites I received because I didn't need medical attention.

  • censorbait Sep 1, 2011

    Nothing but ignorance caused this. Sometimes even so called "socialized" large breeds, especially pits and rots will do this because they are after all, just dogs and exhibit dog like behavior sometimes for no apparent reason. Ignorant parents and many dog owners seem oblivious to this fact. You may have a dangerous breed around your kids and it may be only one chance in a thousand that this would happen. But the question is, "is it worth the risk". Not to anyone with at least half a brain that values the life of chilren.