MIDWEST CITY — 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.
Geiling said she was unable to separate the dog and child until her husband came to help, according to the report.
The boy's aunt, Samantha Underwood, 21, lives several houses down from where the attack occurred. She declined to comment.
Ayden died on the way to the hospital from blood loss relating to head and neck injuries, said Dr. Charles Kokes, Arkansas' chief medical examiner.
The boy's body was released to a funeral home in Hot Springs before the parents came to get their son Thursday.
Ayden's body was cremated because of the extent of his injuries, his father said in the video interview.
“He should be home. I should not be taking him home in an urn,” his mother said.
Dog is now dead
After the attack, the bull mastiff escaped into the woods. The dog was missing until Monday afternoon when a family friend shot and killed the dog, said Elgin Simmons, field supervisor of animal services in Hot Springs.
The investigation into the attack is ongoing, Hinojosa said.
CONTRIBUTING: Staff Writer Randy Ellis
He should be home. I should not be taking him home in an urn.”
Her son, Ayden Evans, 5, was killed in a dog attack in Arkansas.