WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A family dog played hero and helped save the life of a 3-year-old girl Thursday night in West Ashley. The girl's father, however, was arrested on child neglect charges.
Rescue crews were called to the Hickory Hill subdivision in West Ashley around 7 p.m. and found a girl in the water. A witness told authorities that he saw a dog nudging the girl to keep her from going under water. She was neck and chest deep in the pond located behind her house.
The girl's sister was also outside when the incident happened.
Crews from the St. Andrews Fire Department and Charleston Fire Department pulled the girl from the water and she was transported to Roper St. Francis Hospital.
The witness went into the unlocked residence and found the girl's father, 33-year-old Adam S. Gray, asleep in his bed. After several attempts, he was able to wake him.
Deputies with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office later arrested Gray and charged him with unlawful neglect by custodian. While at the Charleston County Jail, Gray was also served with a bench warrant for failure to appear in another case.
Gray told authorities that he was watching both his daughters all day and that around 5 p.m. he put them inside their cribs when they fell asleep and he closed the door to their room. He then went inside his room and fell asleep.
According to the sheriff's office, the two girls pushed down the gate that was located at the edge of the stairs inside the house and were able to go out the side rear door of the house into the backyard toward the pond.
The witness heard the dog barking and the child's voice from his yard and went over to check. The children's mother was called and she took custody of them.