TERRY, MS (WLBT) - It's been three months since a pit bull dog took the life of a 7-year-old Terry girl that had so much promise. For Anastasia Bingham's grandmother Mable, the woman who raised her, the wound is still raw. "I miss her. What hurts is when the school bus lets the two little boys get off that bus," she says, wiping away tears. "She's supposed to be in the middle, with one behind, one up front. When I see them coming... it hurts so bad."
Mable has spoken one time to the man believed to have owned the dog. Mable says Dante Stevenson didn't live in the house across the street where his dogs were kept penned up in a patch of woods. She believes he lives in the Elton Park Apartments in Jackson.
"He told me he was sorry. If he had known the dog was loose he would have come, put the dogs back up," Mable says. "He admitted. He's been down to the sheriff's department when this first happened to see what they're gonna do with him. He wanted to turn himself in."
One can only speculate that investigators want to be meticulous before they charge anyone with manslaughter under the statute titled "Manslaughter: Owner of a Vicious Animal."
Does Mable want the pit bull's owner charged?
"I really don't know," she says. "I thought I had turned it over into McMillin's hands and whatever they did was alright with me. Then again, we got Anastasia's funeral. If he was any kind of human he would come and say I'll help you have her funeral," she says. Anastasia's funeral cost $7,000.
Mable isn't mourning just her granddaughter's death. She's now mourning her grandson's death too. Gevarus Green was shot under suspicious circumstances in Simpson County on March 18th, his 22nd birthday.
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