Kids returned to parents in fatal dog attack case

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The parents who lost custody of two of their children after their 2-month-old son was killed by a dog at their home in Ridgeville in April were reunited with their kids late Thursday after a judge signed a court order.

Quintin McGrew, who is out on bond, was charged with neglect of a child after his wife came home to find their 2-month-old son dying on April 20. The family's attorney says the court order came down late Thursday afternoon, ordering the two other children to be returned to their parents Thursday night.

According to the court order, Quintin and Chantel McGrew went through treatment recommendations through the Department of Social Services. DSS says both of the parents have complied with that treatment plan and is safe for their kids to return home.

The children had been staying with Chantel McGrew's mother since the attack, which happened at the McGrew's mobile home on Sandpit Drive on April 20.

The baby's mother told investigators that 2-month-old Aiden McGrew was apparently pulled from his swing and had his leg torn off by a golden retriever labrador mix.

Chantel McGrew said she found Aiden on the floor when she returned from taking her 7-year-old to the doctor. She also told deputies that the family was dog-sitting the golden retriever-labrador mix.

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office officials say the couple was planning to adopt the dog.

The Dorchester County Coroner's Office listed parental neglect as one of the causes for the 2-month-old's death. Coroner Chris Nisbet listed the cause of death as exsanguination, due to transection of blood vessels, due to animal eating, due to parental neglect.

A judge has ruled that Quintin McGrew will go to trial in the death of his son.

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