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Infant dies after being mauled by family dog

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A family dog attacked and killed a two-month-old in Ridgeville Friday morning.

According to the Dorchester County Sheriff, at 11:08 a.m., Aiden McGrew was bitten multiple times and dismembered by a retriever-lab mix dog at home while his mother was away and the father was sleeping.

One other child and another dog was in the home at the time of the attack, but was unharmed. 

The baby was transported to Summerville Medical Center by Dorchester County EMS. He was pronounced dead Friday afternoon. An autopsy will be perfomed Saturday.

Christopher Nisbet, the Dorchester County Coroner, released a statement Friday afternoon.

"Today is one of the saddest days in my 20+ years of being in the Dorchester County Coroner's Office as I report one of the worst deaths I have ever handled," Nisbet said in an email. "I will do an autopsy tomorrow to hopefully be able to determine if the child died prior to dismemberment."

At a press conference Friday afternoon, the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office the dog that attacked the baby was adopted several weeks ago. Police said the infant was in a swing when the dog mauled him. The McGrew's two other children are in the South Carolina Department of Social Service's custody.

Sheriff L.C. Knight said the Solicitor's office, the Department of Health and Environmental Control continue to investigate the incident. No charges have been filed.

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