Oklahoma boy killed in Arkansas dog attack not connected to Moore tornado

Ayden Evans, 5, was staying with his aunt in Jessieville, Ark., when a neighbor's bull mastiff attacked him. Ayden was identified as a Moore tornado survivor in multiple news reports, but was not in Oklahoma during last month's storms.
By HANNAH COVINGTON hcovington@opubco.com Modified: June 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm •  Published: June 14, 2013

A 5-year-old boy killed in a dog attack in Arkansas was not a survivor of the May 20 tornado in Moore, despite multiple reports to the contrary.

Ayden Evans, 5, was staying with his aunt in Jessieville, Ark., when a neighbor's bull mastiff attacked him Sunday, according to a Garland County sheriff's report.

Ayden's parents were identified as Mica Evans and Greg Moore, both of Midwest City.

In an interview with KLRT-TV in Little Rock, Evans and Moore clarified that the child was not in Oklahoma during last month's deadly tornadoes but had gone to Arkansas to live with his aunt.

During the interview, Evans said her son loved playing with Ninja Turtles and riding sports bikes. He also liked eating spaghetti.

“He was my baby,” Evans said. “We were close. We were very, very close.”

Ayden would have entered kindergarten in the fall.

He was visiting his aunt's neighbor, Lynn Geiling, 50, when her dog attacked him, deputy Scott Hinojosa said in a telephone interview.

Hinojosa said the bull mastiff came from another room and attacked the child when Ayden started throwing a temper tantrum. Investigators think the dog may have been trying to protect its owner.


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He should be home. I should not be taking him home in an urn.”

Mica Evans,
Her son, Ayden Evans, 5, was killed in a dog attack in Arkansas.

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