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NC grandfather now charged after 9-day-old girl mauled by dogs

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The home where the incident happened. (Source: WECT) The home where the incident happened. (Source: WECT)
Chelsea Lynn Brigman (Source: Bladen County Sheriff's Office) Chelsea Lynn Brigman (Source: Bladen County Sheriff's Office)
Nelson Ernest Camerino (Souce: WECT) Nelson Ernest Camerino (Souce: WECT)

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) –  Two people in a family -- the mother and grandfather -- have now been charged in the case of an infant who was mauled to death by at least two dogs about 3 weeks ago.

On Friday, a grand jury indicted the mother of a 9-day-old baby who died after the dog attack in her home.

Now, Nelson Ernest Camerino, 49, the baby's grandfather, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter  in the case, according to the Bladen County Sheriff's office.

Addyson Paige Camerino died in late August after being attacked by more than one of the five dogs who lived in her home in Clarkton.

Nelson Camerino was taken into custody around 10:30 am Tuesday and remains in jail on a $150,000 secured bond, the Bladen County sheriff's office said.

According to District Attorney Jon David, who called the death "gruesome," Chelsea Lynn Brigman was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter.  She was booked at the Bladen County Jail and posted a $50,000 bond within a few hours.

A call to 911 indicated the baby girl was found face down in the kitchen of the home. Five dogs were later seized from the home.

The dogs lived in the same home as Addyson, her mother, grandparents, uncles and a tenant who lived upstairs.

Crews took the baby to Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown, but she died from her injuries.

According to neighbors, several dogs lived in the home including a Rottweiler and a Pit Bull.  They say a young couple lives in the home, along with the baby's father's brothers.

District Attorney Jon David right after the attack that officials have removed five dogs from the home, "some or all of whom were allegedly involved in the death of the infant."

David also talked about the process of charging Brigman and the investigation.

"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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