On January 9, 2013, The
Post and Courier issued a news story about a couple who lost an infant because of their
family dog's attack, and who now had a second child viciously attacked
by yet another dog the following year on January 3rd, of 2013.
This second dog attack comes after the couple endured the loss of a baby
in a dog mauling, and after having their other children removed from their
home on two separate occasions, and after they were investigated for questionable
On January 3rd, the state Department of Social Services notified the Berkeley
County Sheriff's Office of the dog attack. The DSS reported that the
bite punctured the child's right check and the right side of his nose. When The
Post and Courier contacted the child's mother by phone, she refused to comment. "I
am sick and tired of my life being all over the newspaper and the TV,"
she said. "I'm done. I'm trying to put all this behind me."
When the mother questioned why the media kept prying into her life, a reporter
said because this was the second dog attacked reported in her home in
less than a year where a child was injured. The mother's response
was that "at least her kid lived after this dog attack".
The couple came under close scrutiny by the DSS in 2012 after they lost
an infant son in April after their family dog killed him, who has since
been euthanized. In relation to the April incident, the family's Labrador
mix removed their infant son from his bouncy swing and mauled him. The
child's father was at home sleeping at the time of the attack; he
was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. He is currently out
on bail awaiting his trial.
At the time of the dog mauling, the family lived in Dorchester County;
the DSS removed the surviving children ages 7 and 2 from the home after
the dog attack. The children were returned in June but the children were
removed again after their 7-year-old daughter told counselors that she
had seen her parents' homemade pornographic films and that she had
seen them engage in a threesome with another woman. After the DSS investigators
determined the allegations were unfounded, the children were returned
to their parents in September.
The family now lives in Ladson, which is where the dog attack took place.
A television crew confronted the mother this past Tuesday as she returned
from picking up her kids from the bus, so the children are apparently
with their parents at this point in time.
Dog bites and attacks frequently occur with dogs that belong to the victim's
family members, neighbors, and friends. Fortunately, in most cases dog
bite cases go through the property owner's insurance company or through
a lease-holder's insurance at a retail establishment or commercial
property. If you have been bitten by a dog or injured on someone else's
property, you are urged to contact a Charleston
personal injury attorney from
McLeod Law Group, LLC today to discuss filing a claim for compensation.