Coroner will conduct autopsy on baby mauled by dog

The dog is being housed at the Sheriff's Office complex. (Scott Garrand/WCIV)

By Natalie

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet says after 20 years with the office, the mauling death of a two-month-old was the, "worst death he's ever handled."

Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight echoed those sentiments during a press conference Friday afternoon.

"This, most probably, is about as bad as it can get for us as police officers. I've been doing this a lot of years and haven't seen one like this," Sheriff Knight said.

Coroner Chris Nisbet says a dog bit the two month old, Aiden McGrew, several times and dismembered him while he was at home on Sandpit Drive in Ridgeville.

Sheriff Knight says the 911 call came in by the baby's mother, Chantel McGrew around 11:08 a.m. after returning from a trip out with her oldest child, 7 years old, according to Knight.

"The father of the child, Quintin McGrew was home during the attack," Knight said.

Authorities say they believe the father was asleep in his room with one of his children, age 3, while Aiden slept in a swing chair in his room.

"It appears to us, the child was in a small swing designed for a couple month old child, and was asleep and we're not sure at this point exactly, who put the child in the swing and how long it had been there," Knight said.

After the 911 call, EMS transported the child to Summerville Medical Center and sheriff's investigators blocked off the street to outside traffic. Robert Rudd has lived in the neighborhood about 10 months.

"The street was blocked off. I had to show my driver's license to get through," he said.

Rudd says he'd see the neighbors dog out in the yard recently, but says it looked harmless. Sheriff Knight says they just recently adopted the dog.

"I think about my son and I have a two year son and I own dogs as well so it kind of makes you think of the safety of having dogs and small children," Rudd said.

The sheriff would not divulge whether or not they are considering any charges in this case, simply saying "the case is under investigation."

He also wouldn't comment on the fate of the dog, now being housed with the Sheriff's Office canines outside at the complex.

The coroner says he will conduct an autopsy on the baby on Saturday, and says he hopes he will be able to determine whether the child died before the dog dismembered him.