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‘One of the worst things I’ve ever seen’

A woman was attacked and killed by a group of feral hogs Sunday morning outside the Southeast Texas home where she worked as a caretaker, authorities said.

Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said in a press conference Monday that Christine Rollins, 59, arrived around 6 to 6:30 a.m. when she was attacked at the Anahuac home, located 40 miles east of Houston.

The 84-year-old woman who has been under her care for almost two years went outside and found Rollins in the front yard between her car and the front door, Hawthorne told reporters.

He said Rollins had a severe head wound and several other injuries consistent with different sized bites indicating multiple animals were involved.  

Hawthorne said detectives are still trying to determine if Rollins fell because of a medical condition and the fall caused her head injury, or if the animals made her fall.

“In my 35 years, it was one of the worst things I had ever seen,” Hawthorne said about the scene.

The coroner in neighboring Jefferson County ruled Monday that Rollins bled to death after an attack by feral hogs.

Hawthorne told reporters that feral hogs have been a problem in the county and throughout the state of Texas, however, incidents like this are extremely rare.

“Just from what little research we have found there is less than six of these that have been reported in the nation over the very many years in reporting these kind of deaths,” he said.


Contributing: Associated Press. Follow Adrianna Rodriguez on Twitter: @AdriannaUSAT. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Texas woman killed by feral hogs outside home she worked as caretaker

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