Authorities: Dog kills, dismembers 2-month-old

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A 2-month-old child was killed and dismembered by a dog in his family's South Carolina home as his father slept, authorities said Friday.

Aiden McGrew's mother called 911 when she got home around 11 a.m. and discovered the boy's leg was severed, Dorchester County deputies said. The attack happened in rural Dorchester County, about 30 miles northwest of Charleston.

The boy died at the hospital a short time later, Coroner Chris Nesbitt said in a news release.

Nesbitt said the boy was bitten and dismembered, but he refused to answer additional questions about the infant's injuries. He said he hopes an autopsy scheduled for Saturday will determine if the boy was dead before the dog dismembered him.

"Today is one of the saddest days in my 20+ years of being in the Dorchester County Coroner's Office as I report to all of you one of the worst deaths I have ever handled," Nesbitt wrote in his email to the media, which had the subject line "Today's Nightmare."

Two other children in the home were not hurt, Nesbitt said. Authorities did not release their ages.

A woman answering a number listed for the home refused to talk about what happened and told a reporter to not call her back.

The sheriff in Dorchester County planned to speak to reporters Friday afternoon.

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