Mother of mauled infant stands by husband charged w/ neglect

Quentin McGrew is pictured above at a bond court hearing on Wednesday. (John Gaddy/WCIV)

By Nikki Gaskins and{}Stefanie BainumABC News 4 Team Coverage

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Quentin McGrew, a 28-year-old father, turned himself in to the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office just before noon on Wednesday.

McGrew looked somber in the courtroom{}while facing his charge of unlawful neglect of a child. Court documents say that McGrew put his{}infant son, Aidan McGrew,{}at risk by placing him in the living room alone with a dog while he{}slept in the bedroom.

McGrew's attorney, Andy Savage, said the dog is dead.

"When you have a case like this, you wonder why the father didn't wake up," stated Savage.{} There was an analysis of hair follicles, blood and urine of both parents which were negative."

Savage referred to the incident as a tragedy but one that he believed Aiden's parents would eventually overcome.

"I suspect that by the end of the day both mom and dad will be reunited with their two older children and life will go on," stated Savage.

Quentin's wife and several family members were present in the courtroom supporting him on Wednesday.

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

McGrew was given a $50,000 personal recognizance bond by Judge Katrina Patton.

The incident happened Friday, April 20, at a home on Sandpit Drive in Ridgeville.

"He's grieving harder than I am," said Chantel McGrew, the wife of Quentin.

The 2-month-old baby was said to be asleep in a swing when the dog attacked and dismembered his leg. According to the 911 call, Aiden McGrew was still alive when his mother came home and found him. The baby later died at{}Summerville Medical Center{}as a result of his injuries.

"He did nothing wrong.{} All he did was try and take care of the kids while I worked at night to support the family," said Quentin's wife.

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."

"It's very hard to get up in the morning. It's hard to wake up in the morning, getting up at two in the morning, wondering where your baby is at," Chantel said.

A{}fund has been set up to help{}with Aidan's{}funeral expenses. The account is named "Aiden McGrew Benefit Fund," and donations can be made at any First Federal Credit Union branch.