RIDGEVILLE — Quintin McGrew didn’t know that he would land in jail after his baby boy’s dog mauling death, until sheriff’s detectives called to tell him they had a warrant.
“I was devastated,” 28-year-old McGrew said at his home Tuesday. His wife, 23-year-old Chantel, sat beside him and vowed to remain there throughout the court proceedings to come.
The couple’s 2-month-old son, Aiden, died April 20, when a foster dog dragged him from a swing and chewed off his legs in the living room of the family’s Ridgeville mobile home. Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet ruled that parental neglect played a role in Aiden’s death and ruled the case a homicide by “animal eating.”
“Our names are slandered,” Quintin McGrew said. “We really can’t go anywhere. I can’t go to the grocery store now.”
Chantel had been out at an appointment with her stepdaughter at the time of the attack. Quintin, who runs a home computer repair business, had been asleep.
Dorchester County sheriff’s investigators arrested Quintin on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.
“I’m here 100 percent, no matter what happens,” Chantel said. “I’m not going to go anywhere else. That’s my best friend. I’m sure not going to lose him.”
Chantel said she and her husband hope to regain custody of 7-year-old Samantha and 2 1/2-year-old Robert. She said that protecting them is their top priority.
“I’m not going let them step foot out the door without holding their hands,” Chantel said.
The McGrews sat down for an exclusive interview with The Post and Courier at their home Tuesday. The couple talked about their family life before the attack and the silence at home while their two surviving children remain in relatives’ custody.
They also shared their hopes for the future.
Read more in Wednesday’s print and online editions of The Post and Courier.
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