HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – An Horry County woman was arrested in New York State after she told a co-worker her son had removed a gun from a gun safe and shot himself in the leg, according to officials.
Holly G. Dew, 24, and Randi L. Session, 23, were charged with the misdemeanor of endangering the welfare of a child by law enforcement in New York, according to a press release from New York State Police.
On April 5, the manager of a convenience store near Conway approached an Horry County police officer and said an employee arrived at work crying, according to a police report. The employee told the manager that overnight, her son had removed a gun from a gun safe and shot himself. She then showed the manager the injuries, which were below the child's diaper on the lower leg, the report states. There were two marks with skin missing. The report indicated the child is 1 year old.
Information in the arrest warrant told a different story, noting that police said one victim was able to get a hold of a gun and shoot another child in the lower body.
The warrant said the three minor children were allowed to be placed at "unreasonable risk of physical injury by allowing a loaded firearm to be unsecured."
Officers responded to the 24-year-old mother's address, but it appeared to be vacant, the report states. Neighbors told officers they could hear loud music coming from the home until about 1 a.m., and one neighbor's son said he did hear a gunshot at about 1 a.m.
Officers then called the mother's cell phone, the report continues. The mother answered and said she was in Myrtle Beach. Officers said they needed to meet with her to verify her child was safe. She eventually agreed to meet them at the Tanger Outlets in 20 minutes.
An officer responded to the Tanger Outlets, but did not find the mother or her vehicle, the release states. The investigation was then handed over to the Criminal Investigations Division.
The head of neighborhood watch who lives on the same street as the suspects said he feels bad for the family but hopes the kids are safe now.
"I wish they were my kids. If they were my kids I would love them to death," said Nino Marshall, "Thursday morning they piled in at 7 o'clock, took off, never saw them again."
Investigators believed the mother was traveling to New York with her son, his brothers, and her boyfriend, the report states. The victim and the vehicle were entered into the National Crime Information Center as missing and endangered, as the child possibly had a bullet wound to his leg that had not received medical attention.
Both Dew and Session were arraigned Friday morning in the town of Chenango Court and were remanded to the Broome County Jail on $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 bond, the release states.
HCPD spokesperson Krystal Dotson said this remains an active investigation, and she will provide updates when she can.