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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

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

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