Parents of Toddler Who Shot Himself Arrested

The parents are charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) - Orangeburg County deputies have arrested the parents of a toddler who shot himself. 

Timothy Ryan Collins II, 29, and Brittany Collins, 25, are both charged with unlawful neglect of a child. Both turned themselves over to officers Thursday. 

Deputies say the child's father had gone to a recycling center last Friday after his car broke down to look for a new tire.

He'd called his wife to bring him her car to get to the center. When he got into her car, he brought along his loaded gun that he'd been keeping in his vehicle.  

While he was at the recycling center,  he left the car unattended in the car. The child grabbed the gun, and the weapon fired, deputies say.

The child sustained an injury to his upper body. He was taken to the hospital where he continues to receive treatment, and his exact condition is unknown. 

Deputies say the boy celebrated his birthday on Thursday, the same day his parents were arrested. 

"It's a frightening situation that could have been made more tragic," Ravenell said. "We feel for this family but we have a duty to protect this child when the parents become careless."

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