Wednesday, December 6, 2023

UPDATE: Hampton woman who was attacked by her pit bull dies

HAMPTON — Police here Monday afternoon said the woman who was attacked by her pet pit bull Sunday has died “as a result of her injuries.”

Authorities identified the woman as Morgan Crayton. She was 31 years old.

Police said Crayton was in her yard in the 100 block of Powhatan Parkway with several dogs on Sunday evening when her own dog, a 92-pound pit bull, attacked her.

The woman suffered life-threatening bites and other injuries and was taken to a local hospital where she later died.

A 68-year-old relative tried to provide first aid to the woman and also was attacked by the dog. Her injuries weren’t life-threatening, police said.

The dog was removed from the home and is in Hampton Animal Control custody. Police said animal control is investigating.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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