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Bladen County Sheriff & District Attorney not releasing many details on dog mauling baby death

CLARKTON, NC (WWAY) — A 9-day-old baby died after being attacked by a dog in Clarkton Tuesday.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, the Bladen County District Attorney and the SBI are all investigating but are not releasing many details.

We tried to talk with both the sheriff’s department and the district attorneys office but both told us we would have to wait on a news release that was issued Wednesday afternoon. Neither would talk with us on camera. And when we asked where sheriff’s investigators were, we were told they were at an undisclosed location.

Here is the news release sent by the district attorneys office:

In the late afternoon hours of August 30, 2011 authorities responded
to a home in Clarkton where a 9 day old infant had been killed.

The current investigation involves the removal of five dogs from the residence, some or
all of whom were allegedly involved with the death of the infant.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office assumed primary responsibility for the initial
investigation. At an early stage, Sherriff Prentis Benston notified District
Attorney Jon David about this incident. A senior member of the District
Attorney’s Office, Tripp Watson, responded to the Hospital in
Elizabethtown and began assisting with the case.

The State Bureau of Investigation is working with our agencies to process the scene and assist
with witness interviews. Moreover, the Bladen County Animal Control is
working with law enforcement to preserve and gather evidence.

All of the agencies involved are working closely together to make every effort to fairly
and accurately develop information.

Our obligation is to carefully investigate the facts and research the controlling law.

This is an emotionally charged incident for everyone involved, yet we are committed to making our
determination on the basis of what justice requires.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and those in the community who are affected by these
events. As the investigation continues and we are able to release additional
information, the public will be timely notified.

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