The McGrew family reunites with new hopes for future
By Natalie Caulancaula@abcnews4.com
RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- The home on Sandpit has been lonely for the McGrews. It's where they lost their son in a viscous dog attack back in April.
"We still have his pictures up on the wall. The one...in the kitchen Quintin's mother got, blew up for us because that was one of the last family pictures taken before he passed away," Chantel said.
The mother says she'll never forget the sight of finding her 2-month old son after a violent dog attack that happened inside the home April 20th. She's the one who called 911.
"I'm still dealing with it really hard myself because me being the one who found Aidan," she said.
The Mcgrew's say they haven't had a chance to catch their breath since their son's death because before they knew it the Department of Social Services (DSS) took their other two children away.
"We weren't able to grieve the way we wanted to because we didn't have the kids with us," Chantel McGrew said.
That changed Thursday when DSS returned the children, Samantha, 7, and Robert, 2, to their parents. The McGrew's say it didn't take long for the kids to feel right back at home Friday.
"Our shoe rack has been clean for a while now that he's home we find shoes everywhere," Quintin McGrew said.
The McGrew's say they're grateful they can feel like parents again, but say the kids have some questions of their own.
"I don't know why this happened," Samantha said.
While the family deals with what may lie ahead as Quintin faces charges against him, Dorchester County Sheriff's Office charged him with unlawful conduct towards a child, accusing him of being asleep during the attack, the McGrews say they have hope and want to enjoy their time together as a family again.
"Our plans are basically to hang tight best as we can until everything is done and over with the courts and after that probably relocate," Quintin McGrew said.
The McGrew's say they are thankful to DSS for keeping their children out of foster care and allowing them to stay with Chantel's mother. They say they're also grateful for all the donations including a sleep apnea machine for Quintin, who says he suffers from the sleep disorder.
While a judge declared in May preliminary hearing there would be enough evidence to move forward with court proceedings, the family says they'll take it one step at a time.
"We can start all over again," Samantha said.