NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Police were called to St. Francis Hospital Friday to investigate a report of a 3-year-old child having been shot in the leg.
Police questioned the mother of the child, Leandria Simmons, who, according to the police report, misinformed them of where the incident took place.
When police arrived at Simmons' residence at 4560 Purcell Drive in North Charleston, they found a bloody footprint outside the door. When officers knocked on the door, they spoke with Corey Muhammad, and noticed more blood inside the apartment.
Simmons came home while police were at the scene, and told them she had placed the gun that shot her son in a dumpster at St. James Crossing apartment complex. The weapon was recovered, and Simmons and Muhammad were taken into custody.
Both are charged with possession of a stolen handgun and unlawful conduct toward a child. Simmons was released on bond July 3 and Muhammad remains in custody.
Both Simmons and Muhammad told police they did not know how the child was shot. Simmons told police Muhammed was upstairs asleep and she was in the kitchen when she heard a "pop" from the living room.
The child is okay and staying with his father, according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor.