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No grand jury indictment in Terry girl pit bull mauling

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TERRY, MS (WLBT) –  A Hinds County Grand Jury could not decide who is responsible for the tragic death of five-year-old Anastasia Bingham.

The child was fatally attacked by a pit bull outside her Terry home on February 10.

The grand jury said there was not enough evidence to indict anyone in connection with her death.

According to the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, DNA testing on a pit bull found at the scene and one found beaten to death revealed the animals were not involved in the attack.

Hinds County authorities said no one has ever admitted to owning any animal linked to the probe.

"We're hoping someone in the area will have some type of conscious, somebody would take some type of responsibility because it's beyond me to even think that nobody in that area knows who owned that dog," said Lt. Jeffery Scott, of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department.

Anastasia's grandmother, Mable Bingham, said Dante Stevenson of Jackson admitted to owning the dog and apologized to her for the child's death.

"I knew they weren't going to do nothing from the first beginning of it because of the color of her skin. If it had been lighter, or if she had been white they'd of had the man in Parchman by now," said Mable Bingham.

Mable Bingham said her grandson caught the animal they believe is responsible and turned it over to deputies.

"He was just running around, just caught him up. He just came... He was brown... Blood up under his chin," said 17-year-old Zavian Bingham.

Hinds County investigators said they received confidential tips that stated that there were three other pit bulls, owned by the child's relatives, that were killed and dumped in a wooded area off Saw Mill Road in rural Hinds County.

"They have not been as cooperative as they could have been and given as much information as they could have given," said Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin.

Deputies also received anonymous reports of dog fighting in the area.

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors put in place an animal control ordinance as a result of the child's fatal attack.

"This ordinance being passed hopefully will prevent this type of occurrence again," said McMillin.

The Hinds County animal control ordinance goes into effect July 20.

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