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Involuntary manslaughter charges dropped against victim's mother

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – It was announced Wednesday that the jury in the trial against a woman whose 9-day-old daughter was mauled to death by a dog could not reach a verdict.

According to the District Attorney's Office, a special grand jury was convened to determine whether the conduct in this case warranted indictments because of the young age of the victim.

Ultimately, Chelsea Brigman, the victim's mother, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her daughter, Addyson Paige Camerino, in August 2011.

A call to 911 indicated the baby girl was found face down in the kitchen of the home after being attacked by more than one of the five dogs who lived in the home.

The trial against Brigman began last week. Closing arguments in the case began Tuesday, but the jury was sent home Tuesday evening. They resumed Wednesday morning at 9:30.

The DA's Office said the facts surrounding the tragic events were not in dispute during the trial, rather the jury was faced with the question of whether the defendant was guilty of culpable negligence or whether the child's death was an accident, which is not punishable under the criminal law.

After six hours of deliberation, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Therefore, the court declared a mistrial.

After the jury was released, Brigman renewed her motion to dismiss based on the evidence, according to the DA's Office. The court allowed the motion and charges were dismissed by the judge.

In light of the court's decision to dismiss the charges against Brigman, the charges of involuntary manslaughter against Nelson Camerino, the victim's grandfather, were voluntarily dismissed by the state.

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