- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The mother of a South Carolina toddler who shot himself to death has been charged with neglect, police said Friday.

In a news release, Rock Hill police said that Patricia Carter, 29, turned herself in to authorities on Thursday on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child.

According to York County Coroner Sabrina Gast, 3-year-old Savion Barrow died at a hospital on November 15 after suffering a gunshot wound. Investigators say that Carter left a loaded 9mm pistol on a bed where the boy was lying at their home in Rock Hill, about 70 miles north of Columbia.

Officials have said that a 10-year-old girl was at the house at the time of the shooting, along with several adults.

No one else was injured.

The statement said Carter posted $15,000 and was released from jail. Reached by phone Friday, Carter hung up on a reporter asking if she would comment on the case or was represented by an attorney.

Carter has no prior arrest record in South Carolina, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

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