A 65-year-old Greenwood woman was attacked and killed by a pit bull Tuesday evening in Hodges at the home of her son.
Betty Ann Chapman Todd, 506 West Kirksey Drive was attacked shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the residence located on East Grumling Road. Her son later stated his mother had arrived around 5 p.m. to stay with his children while he and his wife were gone to dinner. The son later received a phone call from one of his daughter's telling him of the attack. His daughter then took the children to a neighbor's home to wait for emergency personnel.
Deputies responding to the scene found Betty Todd unresponsive on the living room floor with a one-inch puncture wound to the neck. Blood covered her body, as well as parts of the room where she was found.
Paramedics responding to the East Grumling residence were unable to revive Todd, and the coroner was called in. According to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox, the victim suffered severe injuries to her neck.
The black and white pit bull was waiting at the front door of the residence when the police arrived and had blood on its mouth, paws and chest. According to police, the dog was aggressive when they first approached the home, then ran into a back room.
The victim's son stated the pit bull had been around his mother on several occasions with no behavioral problems.
The Greenwood County Sheriff's Department Animal Control Division has taken the pit bull into custody. The dog will remain at the Greenwood County Animal Shelter pending an investigation.
An autopsy later revealed Todd died of injuries to the neck and spine.