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Parents charged after child shot at Ocean Boulevard hotel

A crowd gathers at Oceans One Resort after Myrtle Beach Police responded on Saturday evening.
A crowd gathers at Oceans One Resort after Myrtle Beach Police responded on Saturday evening. Jbell@thesunnews.com

Myrtle Beach police have charged two parents after they say a 4-year-old accidentally shot himself in the head at an Ocean Boulevard hotel on Saturday evening.

Detectives have charged Heather Lynn Odom and Jeremy Jermaine Barrett with unlawful neglect of a child. During the investigation, detectives learned the child was playing in the room unattended, got possession of a handgun and shot himself, authorities said.

The gun, a .38-caliber handgun, was in the mother's purse, according to warrants.

The child was rushed to the hospital after being shot in a room at Oceans One Resort, officials said.

The 4-year-old's condition is unknown.

Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong

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