Magistrate: Man charged in mauling of baby will go to trial

Pictured above is Bo, the 2-year-old lab mix responsible for the child's death, housed at Dorchester County Sheriff's Office complex before it was put to sleep earlier this month. (WCIV)

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- A man charged with homicide by child neglect after a dog mauled his child will go trial.

In a preliminary hearing held Friday, a Dorchester County magistrate judge ruled there is probable cause in the case against 28-year-old Quintin McGrew.

Prosecutors say McGrew was asleep in another room as the 2-month-old baby slept in a swing. At some point, a dog the McGrew family was watching for a friend attacked the baby and ripped off his leg. According to a 911 call, Aiden McGrew was still alive when his mother came home and found him. He later died at{}Summerville Medical Center{}as a result of his injuries.

Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet says after 20 years with the office, the mauling death of the child was the, "worst death he's ever handled."

McGrew's attorney, Andy Savage, said it really is no surprise the judge found probable cause in the case. He said other facts about the case and about the law in regards to the case make it "a lot different."

"The law requires reasonable behavior, reasonable judgement. Of course, different people can have different reasonable judgments in a situation," Savage said.

Quintin's wife and several family members were present at his bond hearing on May 2 and have supported him thus far.

"Even though this has happened, I am standing behind my husband 100 percent," said Chantel McGrew earlier this month.{}"It's not his fault that it happened. It could have happened if we were both there awake. It's not his fault."

Savage says there was no hint of danger in regards to the dog that killed Aiden McGrew.

"Absolutely, no history of any trouble with that dog at all," Savage says.

The attorney describes the McGrew family as "working poor." He counters arguments and questions on why the baby was not in a crib by saying the family didn't have a crib.

"They were accommodating the child the best they could. They loved this child."

"The facts tell us that these were good parents, limited financially, but good parents," Savage said.

Following the incident, officials with the South Carolina Department of Social Services placed their other two children in the custody of relatives. Savage said Friday his office is working with DSS. He said the McGrews may regain custody of the children sooner than what was originally expected.

Dorchester County assistant solicitor Russell D. Hilton would not comment on the case after Friday's hearing.

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