Authorities in High Point, North Carolina, said Monday that no charges will be filed in the death of Braelynn Rayne Coulter, who suffered traumatic injuries to her lower abdomen and other areas of her body when she was viciously attacked by the family’s pit bull.
Assistant District Attorney Walt Jones said there was no evidence that the dog that killed Braelynn Rayne Coulter on Feb. 24 had previously been aggressive toward humans, which is the legal standard that would have to be met to charge the dog’s owner with a crime
“Nobody really knows what happened,” he said. “There was a history there of interaction between all the house members and the child and the dog, and something just went horribly wrong."
Braelynn was killed by her family’s pet, a male pit bull terrier, in an attack at the family’s home on Big Creek Court. Jones said investigators were not able to determine what may have prompted the attack.
Police said, the little girl was transported to High Point Regional Hospital by a family member, but did not survive.
The call was released on Tuesday. A man asked the dispatcher for a police escort to the hospital. He said he is driving a child who was attacked by a dog.
“We’re trying to keep her breathing and she’s dying,” the caller said. During the call, the man told the dispatcher he couldn’t wait for an ambulance.
The dog, which has since been euthanized, was aggressive toward another dog in the neighborhood in at least one instance last year, but investigators could not document any incidents of it attacking humans before the fatal mauling.
Assistant District Attorney Walt Jones said there was no evidence that the dog that killed Braelynn Rayne Coulter on Feb. 24 had previously been aggressive toward humans, which is the legal standard that would have to be met to charge the dog’s owner with a crime, says hpe.com.
The only case that prosecutors could have possibly brought under the circumstances would have been a felony assault charge against the dog’s owner, which would have involved complicated legal theory, Jones said.
“There was just nothing to indicate that there was any history, pattern or reason to feel like this dog would be aggressive toward humans,” he said.
There was no evidence the dog had been trained for fighting or as an attack dog, he added.