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DA lets grand jury decide charges in dog mauling death

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Chelsea Lynn Brigman (Source: Bladen Co. Sheriff's Office) Chelsea Lynn Brigman (Source: Bladen Co. Sheriff's Office)

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Bladen County District Attorney Jon David said in an emailed news release Monday that all investigating agencies of the recent death of a 9-day-old baby from a dog mauling wanted to let the community decide if there would be any charges in the case.

Friday, the mother of the 9-day-old baby, Chelsea Lynn Brigman, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.  She has posted a $50,000 bond.

Brigman's daughter, Addyson Paige Camerino died in August after being attacked by more than one of the five dogs who lived in her home in Clarkton.  A call to 911 indicated the baby girl was found face down in the kitchen of the home.  The dogs lived in the same home as Addyson, her mother, grandparents, uncles and a tenant who lived upstairs.

"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," District Attorney Jon David said in a prepared release. 

The grand jury met Friday to hear evidence and testimony.

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