Greenville, SC (WSPA/WLTX) -- The son of Greenville native and singer/songwriter Edwin McCain is recovering after police say he was attacked by a Rottweiler.
Greenville city prosecutor Bob Coler and the Greenville City police confirm the incident happened Thursday evening at the YMCA on Cleveland Street. According to police reports the boy suffered facial injuries and was treated at a local hospital.
The 4 year old son of McCain, was reportedly playing soccer on the YMCA field, when the dog, leashed to its owner on the sideline, lunged at the child, attacking his face.
At his Greenville home Friday night, McCain, visibly shaken by the events, said his son still had a swollen face, but was otherwise ok, considering the situation. The boy will undergo treatment for some time.
The dog's owner was identified by police as Kenneth Norman Shaw. He was issued a citation, Sec. 4-33 "Vicious or Dangerous animals". The dog has been ordered to be confined by the owner, and the owner faces a possible hefty fine.
Shaw was not home Friday night for comment.
McCain told our Jonathan Carlson, that he is happy with the city's action towards the owner of the dog.
However, the McCain family has retained two attorneys.
One of those attorney's released a statement on behalf of the McCain family, which reads in part:
"This has been a nightmare scenario for the McCain family. Edwin was literally watching his 4-year-old son having a carefree day at soccer practice when the unthinkable happened."
"At this point, we're a little unsure why someone would have a 100-pound Rottweiler with those propensities at a 4-year-old soccer game. But right now, all of our thoughts and efforts are focused on taking care of Watt."
By Jonathan Carlson