Three-year-old child accidentally shoots 33-year-old mom dead


A three-year-old child accidentally shot their mother dead in front of their horrified grandmother in South Carolina.

In the shocking incident which happened just before 8 am on Wednesday, the three-year-old took the unsecured gun and killed their mother, Cora Lyn Bush at their home in Spartanburg.

Her death was witnessed by her mother, the child’s grandmother. Neither the grandmother nor child has been named by authorities.

The sheriff’s office added in a Facebook post that the mother, who was 33, died two hours later in a local hospital.

They said: ‘Please keep the family of Ms. Bush in your thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and grief.’

After her daughter was taken to hospital, the child’s grandmother told them how the incident unfolded.

She said that the three-year-old had gained access to an unsecured firearm and was responsible for the death of her daughter.

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An investigation is ongoing into the death. However, The Spartanburg Sherriff’s Office said that her account ‘corroborated with both the evidence at the scene and the injury to the victim.’

They added: ‘Although our investigation remains active, all indications are this incident was a result of the young child gaining access to an unsecured firearm, which resulted in the mother being accidentally shot and later passing away at the hospital.’

No further information has been released by authorities.

An autopsy into the 33-year-old’s death was scheduled to take place on Thursday.

This is another tragic incident involving a gun and comes after a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot his mother dead on August 6.

He had originally told investigators that she was killed by an intruder in the family’s Forestdale, Alabama home.

Ayobiyi Cook, a nurse, who friends called ‘Yo-Yo’, was found dead in the suburban home on the 2400 block of Freemont Avenue after midnight on August 6.

The youth, who was not identified by investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, had originally told police that an intruder had entered their house, shot his mother, and then ran away.