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Terry child mauled to death by pit bull

By Cheryl Lasseter - bio | email

TERRY, MS (WLBT) - In Terry, Friday's beautiful white landscape was marred by yellow police tape, flashing blue lights, and stunned faces. Some time before 8 a.m., 6-year-old Anastasia Bingham left her mobile home on Green Road to knock on a friend's door across the street. As she returned home, a pit bull mauled her.

"We found a 6-year-old lying in the snow.  She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hinds County Coroner," said Hinds County Sheriff's Department Captain Ken McGee.

Apparently, no one heard the girl's cries. Her brother, Zavian Bingham, was asleep inside the home. 

"These pit bulls, they be back though, for another crime. They killed my sister," Zavian said.

"She was a nice, pretty girl. Loved to get up every morning, get ready for school," said Angie Collins, Anastasia's cousin.

Collins says she knows where the brindle colored attack dog came from. A group of pit bulls are kept in dog houses in a patch of woods behind a nearby house. Three others were still there late Friday morning.  The word "FAT" is spray painted on the doghouse belonging to the attack dog.

"I guess the dog was hungry. Killed my cousin. That's wrong," Collins said.  "I'm mad, mad enough to kill the dog, all dogs here in Terry."

"Someone else is gonna get killed," said Patty Jordan, another relative.  "Too many dogs down here in the neighborhood."

3 On Your Side is told the girl's mother was so distraught after the attack, she had to be taken away by ambulance.

Anastasia Bingham was a student at Gary Road Elementary School. She would have turned 7 on Valentine's Day.

One year ago this week, 10-year-old Ashley Pendleton of Vicksburg survived a pit bull attack, but not without injury.  Back in July 2008, a pit bull mauled to death 3-year-old Tony Evans of Jackson after he wandered into a neighbor's carport.

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