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Child Dies after Dog Attack

Coroner: 'Saddest days' in 20-year career.

RIDGEVILLE — A 2-month-old boy has died following a gruesome attack by a dog in Ridgeville, according to Dorchester County Coroner Christopher Nisbet.

"Today is one of the saddest days in my 20 plus years of being in the Dorchester County Coroner's Office as I report to all of you, one of the worst deaths I have ever handled," Nisbet wrote in an email to reporters.

The boy, Aiden Lee McGrew, suffered serious injury as a result of the dog attack, and was pronouned dead at Summerville Medical Center.

McGrew, a "beautiful little boy, was bitten multiple times and dismembered by a dog in the home while the mother was away and the father was sleeping," Nisbet said.

The dog was apparently a golden retriever, according to reports. Reporters said they saw a dog with yellow fur being removed from the home on Sandpit Drive by Animal Control officers. A 4 p.m. press conference is planned.

The child will be autopsied Saturday to determine if it died prior to being dismembered, Nisbet said. There were two other children in the home at the time of the attack that where unharmed.

teresa johnson lee April 20, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Wow truely sad
Gretchen April 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM
This is so sad ! But, it's not the DOGS fault .... Where was the father? SLEEPING so soundly he could not hear his own child screaming? Golly -- there should be charges against him for something? Wreckless endangerment???
Tess valentine April 21, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Truly so heart breaking !!! How could the father and to other children not hear anything??!! A golden retriever?? No way, there is something funny here. Yes,Gretchen I do agree with you !!!!! My prayers for the other two children also.
MPD April 21, 2012 at 07:47 PM
My prayers go out to the whole family...please don't judge the dad...he has to live with this for the rest of his life.
Caroline Watson April 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM
This is not consistent with the way a retriever/Lab mix would behave. It showed no prior aggression, then this happens when no one is around? Why would a parent leave an infant in a swing, then go into another room to sleep? Something is very wrong with this story. What a horrible tragedy. Unimaginable.
DC Crump April 22, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Why would an innocent baby be left outside the fathers room with a dog inside does not make any sense at all.He should have heard the screams if he was in his right mind to say the least.Why did the father not take the child into the bedroom and be his protector when the baby could not protect himself lived such a short life and died to soon from a horrible death.May he rest in peace with our heavenly father above.
DC Crump April 22, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I do agree with you the father should be charged in this horrible death of his little baby.
Fisher April 23, 2012 at 06:00 AM
I think everyone here needs to cut the dad some slack. He's a human, and humans - especially new parents - get exhausted and fall asleep. Every parent has done it, and fortunately it didn't result in such a horrible accident. Don't assume that a golden retriever couldn't harm a child. They are animals with teeth and the ability to bite, just like every other breed. Let's just show compassion toward your fellow man!
Pete April 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Agreed - It's a very sad day. It's time to help this family, not discuss how we can further destroy the father's life.
Joyce May 08, 2012 at 06:58 AM
If the father is suppose to be watching the baby then he should be responsible enough to STAY AWAKE especiallyif he knew the mother was not at home. There is not an excuse in this world that makes this dad innocent he was the one responsible for this childs death, as far as the dog KILL IT.. NO ANIMAL should be inside the home with a small baby and not be watched, the dog should have been outside.I would like to know if the dad was "drunk/drugged" or what? This poor baby went through a lot before it died. Where was the mother? Did she know the dad was asleep or "maybe just out of it" if she knew this she is just as guilty..
janice olswing May 13, 2012 at 12:47 PM
You are absolutely correct!! The family needs prayer and community support. If you have ever had a 2 month old you know they can cry incessantly. Parents are often young people doing the best they know how. Let's don't judge them; they are paying a big enough price already!!
Rose May 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM
First of all, where was this baby in while his father slept? If he was in a crib, it is very difficult for a dog to reach him. If he was in some kind of a swing, then it was easier for a dog to get to him. Second, why was a dog of this size inside a house when he should have been outside. If and when I took a nap and my baby was sleeping, I made sure the intercom was on to listen to the baby and there were no pets inside. The father was eitherextremely tired, drunk or drugged. Why did the mother leave the baby with him?
Nicole May 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Caroline, where in the article does it say that the dog has had no prior incidents of aggression? Additionally, most incidents of aggression in dogs is not documented. As for this situation not being consistent with the way a retriever/Lab mix would behave, it is really not consistent with how any breed of dog should behave. In my experience as a volunteer at an animal shelter, I have actually seen quite a few Labradors act aggressively. I agree with you that a parent should never leave a child, let alone an infant, without supervision with a dog.
Amanda May 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM
suprised that people arent freaking out as bad about this. if it was a pitbull they would be going crazy saying how they should kill the dog and that 100% of the time it always is a pitbull... not sounding happy this happen because i feel horrible this had to happen to a little kid. but people got to think about judging animals.
Rebbeca Juneau May 29, 2012 at 02:57 AM
So you mean to tell me that when the baby is sleeping someone HAS to be awake? What about at night?! Do one of you stay awake?! Wow really?! And as for this not being behavior of a retriever, hate to break it to you but EVERY dog has the potential to attack someone or something. I have a 65 pound dog (breed doesn't matter) and she will be inside while myself and my newborn sleep at all times. She is raised to watch over us and protect her family at all times, what good does it do to put her outside. Plus she is apart of our family not just a dog!!
lailc263 May 29, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I agree with you Rebbeca! I have a Sheppard/Lab mix, 85 lbs. in the house for 10 years and was in all the time with my baby (now 7) NEVER left them alone in the same room! People have to be responsible with their children as well as their animals! I will not say that my dog wouldn't bite us or anyone else because you never know what might trigger them to protect themselves in what they seem as a threat but in 10 years she hasn't bitten anyone! God gave them teeth to protect themselves with, doesn't quit explain what happened in this case!!

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