A man faces a child neglect charge after an underage member of his family accidentally shot another child inside a vehicle at a Lexington car dealership.
65-year-old Claude Pound is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, according to an arrest warrant.
“We’re at a point in our investigation where detectives have determined Pound placed the child who fired the unsecured firearm at unreasonable risk of harm,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a release Thursday. “We’ve charged him because the incident has affected the child’s life, physical or mental health and safety.”
Investigators said Pound left the two children, both younger than 10, inside his car at the Jim Hudson dealership on August 17. An arrest warrant stated the gun was in a bag in the vehicle’s floorboard.
One child got the gun and accidentally shot the other child. The child is expected to recover from the gunshot wound. Investigators did not give details on how Pound is related to the children.