A two-month-old South Carolina baby, Aiden McGrew, was mauled by his family's dog while his father slept in the next room. An autopsy released on Monday announced that parental neglect caused the death of Aiden McGrew.
According to county coroner Chris Nisbet, Aiden's death was ruled a homicide. Nothing prior to the attack was found to contribute to the child's death. A statement from Nisbet said that neglect is what lead to the animal eating, and Aiden's subsequent death.
Police have not made any charges. If someone has just lost a child and it was just an accident, the last thing we want to do is charge someone, said Chief Deputy Sam Richardson of the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office. We want to be careful and methodical. If charges will be made, the Post and Courier reports that it won't be until at least another week due to an investigation.
Aiden, the youngest of three children, was found dead on Friday. Authorities revealed that the child's mother, Chantel, had taken her seven-year-old to a doctor's appointment and came home to a gruesome scene. According to the New York Daily News, Aiden who had been in a swing, had been bitten several times by Lucky, the family's golden retriever-Labrador mix. The dog eventually tore off the child's legs, leaving him with his abdomen ruptured and bleeding.
Quintin, Aiden's father, was reportedly taking a nap in another room with their three-year-old child and the other family dog when the attack occurred. When Chantel arrived home she told 911 that her husband had still been asleep when she walked in. According to the Daily News, police are not sure why Quintin did not wake up during the attack.
The child was in a small swing and was asleep, Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight said in a news conference. I'm not sure who put the child in the swing.
Lucky, the dog that attacked Aiden, had been recently adopted by the family. According to the Post and Courier, the family had dog sat Lucky before deciding to adopt him.
Neighbors were shocked over the mauling, telling the Post and Courier that the McGrew's dogs were never aggressive.
The two dogs belonging to the McGrew's were taken away by Dorchester County Animal Control.