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2-year-old recovers from gunshot, parents charged

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Adrien Jackson (Source: DCSO) Adrien Jackson (Source: DCSO)
Marcus Lucas (Source: DCSO) Marcus Lucas (Source: DCSO)
Tylesha Lucas (Source: DCSO) Tylesha Lucas (Source: DCSO)

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Investigators with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office are working to determine how a two-year-old boy was shot in the stomach.

The toddler was admitted to the emergency room around 1 p.m. Monday with a single gunshot wound to the stomach, says Darlington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Andy Locklair.

The two-year-old was treated and them transferred a Columbia area hospital for surgery. Locklair says he is expected to make a full recovery.

"The male child is expected to survive the incident, but had to be transported to Columbia hospital for surgery to make sure there were no other internal injuries. Now we will have the task of finding out why this happened" said Sheriff Byrd.

Investigators were told the child found the semi-automatic handgun that inflicted those wounds in a home on Heavenly Heights in Lydia, and the injury was a result of child's play, though its unclear how the child found the gun.

"Their story is that the child accidentally shot themselves but the evidence points to more likely that it was an accidental shooting, probably by one of the adults," said Captain Byrd.

Captain Locklair adds that DSS was called after deputies took two other children from the home into emergency protective custody.

"There were other children in the house, so we EPCed (emergency protective custody) the children until investigators can determine why this happened" said Sheriff Byrd.

Though the investigation continues, the child's father, 19-year-old Marcus Lucas, and mother, 20-year-old Adrien Jackson, have been charged with unlawful neglect of a child, tampering with evidence, and possession of stolen property.

Investigators later discovered that the gun used was stolen, and the child's 18-year-old aunt Tylesha Lucas was charged with tampering with evidence, and possession of stolen property.

Investigators say that the three were attempting to hide the gun and shell casing to conceal the shooting before the child was taken to the ER.

The gun was found hidden under a brick outside the home. Byrd says they believe the home belongs to the boy's grandmother.

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