Toddler mauled by pit bull dies


Triniti Harrell


Staff Writer

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A toddler mauled by her family dog last week has died, according to authorities.

Triniti Harrell, 1, died at UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill, said E.W. Muse, a detective lieutenant with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office. Muse didn't provide the exact day the girl succumbed to her injuries.

“There are still no charges expected in this tragic accident,” Muse said. “We ask for continued prayers for her family and the first responders who were involved.”

The child and her mother were playing in the yard of their Rocky Mount home when their 6-year-old pit bull attacked the child.

The mother called 911, pleading for help.

“I need some help. My dog is attacking my daughter. Hurry, she's dying. Please hurry,” the mother told a dispatcher, according to the 911 recording.

The dispatcher told the mother to pry open the dog's mouth, hit the dog on the head with a heavy object and use a knife to slit the dog's throat.

The mother did all that and tried to stab the dog as well, but it wouldn't release the girl, according to authorities.

When deputies arrived, the dog was still slinging the child around in its mouth.

A deputy shot the dog, but it didn't stop so the deputy had to shoot it twice. The dog then died.

The child was first taken to a local hospital, airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville and transported again to UNC Children's Hospital in Chapel Hill.