A pit bull viciously attacked a mom and two children after helping an elderly neighbor with dementia

In life, there is just one constant: it is utterly unpredictable. No matter how well you prepare, something will always catch you off guard. And the unexpected isn’t always pleasant.

And a tragedy struck a South Carolina family, reminding them of how fragile and unpredictable life is.

The Bayles family in Berkeley County, South Carolina, is now recovering from a traumatic occurrence in their family. The young family is still reeling from the events of April 26th, 2022.

When their elderly neighbor strolled onto their yard, appearing disoriented, it was a routine day for the Bayles family. Because the elderly neighbor has dementia, the family decided to securely assist her in returning home.

Bethany Hastings chose to return her neighbor’s golf cart to the Hastings family. She brought her 4-year-old daughter Lainey and 2-year-old son Wesley.

When they arrived at their next-door neighbor’s house, her bulldog had run away. The dog lunged at the family on the golf cart as soon as it noticed them. He leaped into the golf cart and charged toward all three of them.

“First he got my brother, then he got me, and then he got my mom,” says Lainey, four years old.

Bethany Hastings, a nurse by profession, physically restrained the dog for 15 minutes. She describes those 15 minutes as horrifying, as the dog struggled under her weight and lunged at her at all times.

She explained, “I didn’t have a choice.” “He would have gotten them or me again if I had let go.”

She restrained the dog until a neighbor arrived and hastily loaded her children into his vehicle. She refers to their next-door neighbor as their hero. EMS arrived five minutes after their neighbor arrived and took the family to MUSC for treatment.

Fortunately, Bethany and Wesley suffered minor injuries and were released right away. Lainey, on the other hand, did not do as well. The 4-year-old was admitted to the hospital for four days, two of which were spent in the pediatric intensive care unit.

Her mother shared, “They hadn’t quite seen something like that before to that magnitude, with that much devastation.” Lainey will also have to undergo many treatments to repair the injuries to her face.

“I figured she’d end up in the hospital for a fractured bone or something insane because she does karate and tee-ball,” Bethany Hastings said.

The family has developed a mild phobia of being outside since the attack.

“After that, you realize how vulnerable you are to everything,” Hastings remarked, recalling her family’s traumatic experience.

The family has put up a GoFundMe account to cover Lainey’s medical expenses. The little child has a long way to go in terms of treatment.

Authorities have put down the pitbull that viciously attacked the family. Bethany Hastings advises people to keep an eye on animals likely to cause harm.


Bethany Hastings and her young children went through a terrifying ordeal. Hopefully, both physically and mentally, they will heal quickly.

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