LANCASTER, S.C. — Authorities say the mother of a 2-year-old child shot and killed at a South Carolina home lied to investigators and was negligent.
Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant refused to say who fired the shot that killed Jacarian Gladden in a Lancaster home Monday night.
The boy’s mother, 26-year-old Toni Gladden and her boyfriend 18-year-old Shazeem Hayes are both charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. Gladden is also charged with lying to investigators.
Authorities say the boy was shot once in the chest.
Grant refused at a news conference to say what led to the shooting. He said a “full night of lies and avoidance” led to the charges.
It wasn’t known if Gladden or Hayes had lawyers.