Talen Nathan West (7) – Lumberton, NC – Killed By Neighbor’s Pit Bull While Playing In The Woods With His Brother (1/24/16) 1

Dog kills 7-year-old, injures another child

First Posted: 7:19 pm – January 24th, 2016 Updated: 9:24 pm – January 24th, 2016 – The Robesonien

talenwestLUMBERTON — One child has died and another was injured after they were attacked by a pit bull this morning, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

The attack occurred at about 11:20 a.m. at a home on the 2400 block of Odum Road in Lumberton.

Deputies, paramedics and Animal Control officers found 7-year-old Talen Nathan West unresponsive with “severe puncture wounds about the body” and 8-year-old Jaylen Ray West with bites to his lower body, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Both children were taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where Talen West died.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Jaylen West has been treated and released. Both children lived on the 2600 block of Odum Road.

“At this time the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Division and the Juvenile Division are doing an investigation on the child’s death to determine the cause,” the statement said.

No other information was released.


Pit bull attack victim talks about moment he saw his 7-year-old brother killed

Mother of mauled boy flees NC after DSS threatens to take other children

Posted January 29 – WRAL.com

— The mother of a 7-year-old Robeson County boy who died after being mauled by a neighbor’s dog last weekend said Friday that she is prepared to miss her son’s funeral to protect her other children.

Jamie West said in an exclusive interview with WRAL News that she’s being treated unfairly by social workers who want to take her five other children away while she mourns the loss of her youngest son.

Talen West and his 8-year-old brother were playing in the woods near a home at 2484 Odum Road in Lumberton late Sunday morning when they encountered a neighbor’s pit bull, which attacked both boys. Talen later died at a nearby hospital, while his brother survived.

Jamie West said she believes the incident reopened a 5-year-old rift between her and the Robeson County Department of Social Services, so she left North Carolina with her children after social workers said they would take custody of the children after Talen’s funeral.

“I could go to the service with my children,” West said she was told. “They would not walk in there to get them during the service, but pretty much after it was over and we left … I could hand them over.

“Could you just let me bury my baby?” she said.

DSS officials said they couldn’t comment on the case.

Visitation for Talen was Friday night, and his funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Mortuary on East 5th Street in Lumberton.

West said she plans to stay away from the funeral and stay out of North Carolina as long as necessary to keep her other children with her. DSS had taken them away before, but she was able to win back custody.3

“I can’t bring back Talen, but I can hold on to my five,” she said.

All of the children are with her in an undisclosed location, and they are holding up the best they can, she said.

“I have prepared all of them that, if something happens and they have to leave, I let them know that I will be back to get them,” she said.


2016 Dog Bite Fatality: Pit Bull Kills Child, Injures Another in Lumberton, North Carolina

DogsBite.org reports

01/26/16: Victims’ Family Speaks Out
location-pit-bull-killed-talen-westThe mother of 7-year old Talan West spoke to the media Monday about the devastation she is suffering after Talan was mauled to death by two pit bulls. His 8-year old brother Jaylan West witnessed the attack and was also injured by the dogs. The two brothers were among four children chased and attacked by a group of dogs on Sunday. Talan died of his injuries; Jaylan suffered bites to his lower leg requiring stitches. Jaylan was treated and released from the hospital.

Talan and his three siblings were playing in a field behind their home, when three dogs began running after them. Jaylan said he jumped onto a car, but Talan could not get away. “One (dog) was on that leg, one (dog) was on that leg – the big one just all over his face biting him up,” Jaylan told WNCN. One of the dogs, a pit bull, attacked Talan. “It broke his neck but it took pretty much (took) the entire back of his neck off and that’s when he died,” said his mother Jamie West.1

While county authorities investigate, Talan’s parents were told by social services they cannot have any unsupervised visits with their children.

ABC 11 interviewed the boy’s father, Steven West. According to Steven’s account, only Talan and Jaylan were involved — the other two siblings were not. Steven witnessed an unnamed woman attempting to give CPR to Talan. “I saw the lady trying to do all she robeson-county-fatal-pit-bull-attacks-2012-2016could on my son to keep him alive and my heart goes out to her,” Steven said. He also said the tool Jaylan grabbed to fight the dogs off was a pair of pruning shears, not a machete or hatchet as reported in other stories.

Read more: https://blog.dogsbite.org/2016/01/2016-dog-bite-fatality-pit-bull-kills-child-lumberton.html


Third Fatal Pit Bull Attack Since 2012

The death of Talan marks the third fatal pit bull attack in Robeson County since 2012. In October 2012, Mary Jo Hunt, 53-years old, was struck down by her seven rescue pit bulls in Pembroke. At the time of the attack, Hunt worked for Robeson County Claws and Paws Rescue. In November 2014, Alemeaner Dial, 83-years old, was mutilated and killed by her granddaughter’s four pit bulls in Rowland. The granddaughter and her pit bulls had moved in with Dial about 5-months earlier.

American Pit Bull Terrier

APBTThe American Pit Bull Terrier is, like all the ‘bully’ breeds, one of this group of descendants of the British ‘bull and terrier’ type fighting bulldogs. Once imported into the United States, it was bred up to be bigger again, and again used in baiting animals and in dogfighting. The American Kennel Club (founded 1884) was unwilling to register these fighting dogs, so in 1898 the United Kennel Club was founded specifically to register working pit-fighting dogs and to promote dogfighting. In order to be registered, a dog had to first win three pit fights7,8,9. The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) became a ‘breed’. As dogfighting declined in popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, Colby (the most famous and prolific breeder of these dogs) began to search for a new market and began promoting the APBT as family pets10,11. This despite the fact that his breeding lines included child killers12.

The APBT is of medium intelligence, and it is athletic. They have plenty of energy and exuberance for life. They are affectionate companions are often referred to as a “nanny dog”, which leads many families to believe that they are suitable companions for children. Many can live happily with children and never have an issue, but there are many cases of the family pit bull suddenly attacking or killing a child in the household. The Pit Bull advocacy group BADRAP recently retracted their original “nanny dog” statements (https://www.facebook.com/BADRAP.org/posts/10151460774472399)13. In 2013 and 2014, in the United States, 27 children were killed by Pit Bulls and their mixes. Most of these children were killed by family pet pit bulls that had never been neglected or abused and had always loved the child. As with all breeds, the traits needed for their original tasks remain in the dogs – in this case, the sudden explosive aggression that was necessary to survive in the fighting pit. An APBT may never show this aggression, but if it does there will be no warning and the attack will not be easy to stop. Extreme caution should always be taken when this breed interacts with children. They are fun loving dogs that have “clownish” behaviors. Despite, their many positive qualities, this breed may not be suitable for everyone. Their high energy requires a family that can accommodate and appreciate this aspect of their personality. They usually do best with active families. Many American Pit Bull Terriers get calmer as they age and an older dog may work for a more reserved family.

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