The two children living with Quintin and Chantel McGrew are back in state custody after earlier reports of another dog attack in their home, the Department of Social Services confirmed this afternoon.

DSS spokeswoman Marilyn Matheus declined to discuss when the boy and the girl were taken away from the married couple.

State workers reported earlier this month that one of the children in their Jennifer Drive home near Ladson had suffered a dog bite that left a puncture wound on his right cheek and the left side of his nose.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case. Reached this afternoon, spokesman Dan Moon could not immediately comment on any developments.

It marks the third time that the children have been taken into protective custody since April, when the couple’s infant son, Aiden, was fatally mauled by the family’s Labrador retriever mix.

Quintin McGrew, who was said to be sleeping when the boy was snatched from a bouncy swing, faces a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.

The two children returned to their Ridgeville rental home in June. But two months later, they again were removed after the 7-year-old girl told counselors that she saw her parents engaging in a sexual threesome and watching homemade pornographic films.

State investigators deemed the account unfounded, and the children went home again in September.

Quintin McGrew’s attorney declined to comment this afternoon on the most recent dog attack that resulted in DSS action.

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