WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - Deputies have charged a father after an accidental shooting claimed the life of his 3-year-old son.
Officials with the Colleton County Sheriff's Office announced the Tuesday night arrest of 28-year-old Allen Michael Martin of Walterboro. Wednesday morning, he received a $75,000 bond.
Martin is the father of 3-year-old Aiden Martin who died from a gunshot wound to the head on May 5.
Allen Martin was charged with two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child.
Aiden Martin, somehow got hold of a gun late Friday night and shot himself in the head, Colleton County Sheriff's Lt. Tyger Benton said.
He died at approximately 6 a.m. Saturday at MUSC, Benton said.
According to investigators, the boy's father told deputies he and his son had gone to a trailer that evening.
The father said there were seven adults at the home at the time of the shooting, according to an initial report. The father told deputies he was inside the trailer's living room when he heard a "pop" approximately 10 to 15 feet away in the kitchen, the report stated.
The father looked in the kitchen and saw his son bleeding from the head, scooped him up and ran out of the trailer looking for someone to take them to the hospital, the report states.
The father said he only knew one person in the trailer at the time of the incident and said a friend of his rents the trailer, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies say the boy's father had earlier consented to a gunshot residue test, which he passed.