‘A tragic accident’: Infant killed by family dogs in Johnston County

A baby died after being attacked by family dogs Tuesday night in Johnston County, Sheriff Steve...
A baby died after being attacked by family dogs Tuesday night in Johnston County, Sheriff Steve Bizzell confirmed.(WNCN)
Updated: May. 26, 2021 at 9:45 AM EDT
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WILLOW SPRING, N.C. (WNCN) – The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said it is their “unfortunate duty” Wednesday morning to release more information on a dog attack that killed a 10-month-old girl.

The sheriff’s office said deputies were called to a home on Ripairan Court in Willow Spring just after 8 p.m. in response to an animal attack.

Responding deputies found Scott Winberry trying to save his 10-month-old daughter, Malia Scott Winberry, after she had been attacked by the family’s Rottweilers.

Deputies began to help Scott Winberry until EMS arrived but Malia died from her injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

Animal Control took custody of the dogs.

“Investigators arrived on scene and quickly determined this incident was a tragic accident,” Capt. Jeff Caldwell with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said.

Scott Winberry said he had stepped outside of his home and heard a commotion inside. He went back into the home and found the dogs attacking Malia, the sheriff’s office said.

“Or (sic) thoughts and prayers go out to Scott Winberry and Bianca Patel for the tragic loss of their 10 month old daughter, Malia Scott Winberry,” Caldwell said.

This is the second fatal dog attack involving a child in the area in the last month.

On April 27, Jayden Henderson and her mother were attacked by two pit bulls, Blitzen and Athena, at a neighbor’s home in Garner.

Those dogs will be euthanized after the police denied the dogs’ owners’ request to have them returned.

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