Judge sets bond for mother accused of coaching kids to lie about alleged Pepperhill Park shooting

Judge sets bond for mother accused of coaching kids to lie about alleged Pepperhill Park shooting
The North Charleston Police Department is investigating the shooting of a 10-year-old boy at Pepperhill Park. (Source: Live 5)
The North Charleston Police Department is investigating the shooting of a 10-year-old boy at Pepperhill Park. (Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge set bond Friday for the mother who police say provided false information about the alleged shooting of her own child at a North Charleston Park.

Samantha Baker, 32, is charged with filing a false police report.

At Friday's bond hearing, the judge set bail at $20,000.

An investigation with information from witnesses revealed that Baker coached the children to tell a false story about how the gunshot happened, according to the affidavit.

It was later discovered the child was shot by an accidental discharge of a gun while at home in the 7600 block of Hillandale Road in North Charleston in the presence of Baker, the affidavit states. Investigators say Baker confirmed she had lied about the incident.

The incident report filed on Monday stated the victim's mother allowed her son and his two 10-year-old stepbrothers to play at the park that afternoon, and that the shooting happened at approximately 3:45 p.m.

The mother told police she received a phone call from her stepson who told her the victim fell and could not get back on his feet.

Authorities say when the mother arrived she saw a wound on her son's right hip and his forearm, she believed that he had been struck with a BB gun and took her child to Summerville Medical Center for treatment.

A police officer met them at the MUSC Children's Emergency Room to file an incident report.

A police officer also spoke with the victim in a separate interview. According to the incident report, he says they went to Pepperhill Elementary school to play basketball, but they couldn't find a basketball so they went to the park to play.

The victim told police he heard a loud "pop" and fell and couldn't get back up.

Police asked him if he or his stepbrothers found a firearm and it accidentally went off. He replied "No! We were told not to touch guns."

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