TERRY, MS (WLBT) - Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin says investigators are continuing to search for the owner of a pit bull that mauled a 6-year-old Terry girl to death last Friday. He says charges could be pending against the dog's owner.
Anastasia Bingham walked out of the mobile home she lived in on Green Drive around 7;30 Friday morning. At some point on her way back from a friend's home she was attacked. The child was pronounced dead on the scene.
We are told no one heard her cries for help. The pit bulls were kept nearby in dog houses behind a neighbor's home.
According to the child's grandfather, the dog owner is a distant cousin. "He could face charges. That's what we are trying to do cause that's my granddaughter and I love my granddaughter. Really he is my cousin, but it don't make no difference for her, she's dead," said Willie Bingham.
Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin added, "Then during that if we find out that he in anyway violated the law and that violation resulted in the death of the child, we are certainly going to prosecute what we can."
Hinds County authorities are researching the law. The pit bull remains in quarantine.
Several years ago, Hinds County strengthened its vicious dog ordinance making it illegal for felons to own such animals and requiring animals to be confined at all times.
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