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Deputies: Pit bull killed babysitting grandma in Upstate

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The home where the incident occurred.  (Source: WYFF) The home where the incident occurred. (Source: WYFF)

HODGES, SC (WYFF) - A 65-year-old Upstate woman was killed when she was attacked by a dog as she babysat her grandchildren.

The coroner said an autopsy showed that Betty Todd died of neck and spinal injuries.

Deputies said they were called to the home on Grumling Road in Greenwood County on Tuesday for an animal bite.

Officers said when they tried to go inside the home, they found an aggressive pit bull with blood on its mouth, chest and paws at the door.

They said at that time, the homeowner and his wife arrived home.

Todd, who is the man's mother, was there babysitting her grandchildren while the couple went to dinner. The three children are ages 1 to 12.

The victim's brother-in-law, David Todd, said, "This dog has never shown any aggression before. It slept in the bed with them. They've had the dog four years, and it never ever showed anything like this."

He said the oldest grandchild was in another room when the attack happened and then found the dog on her mother. She tried to help her grandmother, but couldn't get the dog to stop, so she gathered the younger children in the bedroom and called her dad for help.

The father called a neighbor, and the children met the neighbor outside and stayed at the neighbor's home until help came.

The father was able to control the dog put him in a bedroom and Todd was found dead, police said.

The incident report said Todd had a puncture wounds to her neck, head and face. It said there was also blood on the wall and floor near Todd.

An animal control officer was called to the home and took the dog to the animal shelter.

Angy Hall, with the Greenwood Humane Society, said, "In this case. I think he was just trying to protect the children because he doesn't have, that we know, an aggressive history."

Hall said the dog was very submissive Wednesday, but because of what happened, it was put down."

Greenwood County Capt. Ray Watson said he does not expect charges to be filed in this case.

David Todd said, "This is a tragic accident. The family is just in mourning and is devastated right now and needs time to heal."

For more information on dog bites and information on fatal attacks by particular breeds, here is information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with fatality statistics from 1979-1998: Attacks listed by dog breeds

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