- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Bond was automatically denied Wednesday for a man charged with three counts of murder in the shooting deaths of two women and an 8-year-old child in a mobile home in rural South Carolina.

The shootings, which are thought to have resulted from a domestic dispute, happened in a mobile home park in Ravenel, a rural community about 20 miles west of Charleston, Maj. Eric Watson of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said.

Kenneth Ancrum, 23, was apprehended by a deputy as he tried to drive from the scene in a car with another shooting victim - a woman who was wounded in the leg, authorities said. She was hospitalized but the injury was not life-threatening.

The Charleston County Coroner’s office identified the victims as 55-year-old Betty Mungin, 29-year-old Alexis Mungin and 8-year-old Armani Mungin.

The relationship between the victims was not immediately clear and the coroner’s office said it would not release additional information until its investigation is complete.

Charleston County Deputy Coroner Sheila Williams said that Alexis Mungin was pregnant and that autopsies were scheduled later Wednesday.

Ancrum appeared at the bond hearing Wednesday afternoon via a teleconference, local media outlets reported.

The magistrate judge said bond was automatically denied on three murder charges, given that only a circuit court judge can set bond on a murder charge.

The judge set a $500,000 bond on a weapons charge and denied bond on attempted murder and kidnapping charges.

Reports released Wednesday provided a glimpse of the scene at the mobile home.

One officer describes finding the bodies of an adult and a child in the kitchen while a second adult victim was found by the front door.

He also found an infant crying on an air mattress. He took the child, who was covered in a blue blanket, through the rain to a cruiser where he fed him. Authorities said the child was 4-months old and was unharmed.

Another officer described how he stopped a white Lincoln that was leaving the mobile home park and arrested Ancrum. The officer reported a gun and a knife were confiscated. The woman with the gunshot wound was in the car.

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