Posted: Jun 13, 2013 10:52 AM by NBC News
Updated: Jun 13, 2013 10:57 AM
(KARK) The parents of a 5-year-old mauled to death by a Bullmastiff remember their son Wednesday.
"He was my baby. We were close. We were very, very close," said mother Mica Evans.
Evans says her son, Ayden, liked spaghetti and riding sports bikes, plus playing with Ninja Turtles.
"My birthday was June 8 and he died June 9," said Evans.
Garland County deputies say the 5-year-old died inside a Jessieville home, after being attacked by a dog Sunday. His mom says Ayden was staying with her sister for the summer, when he was allowed to go to a neighbor's home.
The neighbor had a Bullmastiff that attacked Ayden.
"I've been told he came from church and was eating lunch and throwing a fit I guess," said Evans, "The dog came from another room and attacked him. I don't know the people he was with. Never met them. I don't want to," said Evans.
The family is from Oklahoma.
After getting the news, Ayden's parents drove the six hours from Oklahoma to Arkansas to carry their son back home.
"From what we gather from the funeral director is that he can't be seen. It has to be a closed casket. We still don't know the extent of the injuries, we have to have him cremated," said father Greg Moore.
Ayden's family is planning a service to remember him in Oklahoma. He would have entered kindergarten in the Fall.
"He should be home. I should not be taking him home in an urn," said Evans.
The family also clarified first reports about Ayden being in Oklahoma at the time of the recent storms. Even though the family was affected by the storms, Evans says Ayden was not there and came to Arkansas for summer vacation before the storms hit.
Evans didn't want to talk about the storms very much because she wants all the focus to be on remembering her young, caring son.
She also cleared up rumors about her sister taking custody of Ayden prior to the attack. She said that is simply not true.
Ayden turned five just two weeks before he was killed.
Evans does feel charges should be filed against the dog's owner, but deputies have not yet filed any. Detectives say the investigation is ongoing.
"I am upset with everyone, including myself," said Evans.
The parents also feel stricter laws should be in place to prevent tragedies involving dog attacks.
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