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Augusta Woman Charged After 4 Year Old Boy Shoots Himself with Unsecured Gun


A 4-year-old Augusta boy accidentally shot himself in the head after finding a gun laying around a residence packed with children Friday night at Norris Place Apartments, authorities said.

The child was rushed to Augusta University Medical Center in critical condition. His current condition was unavailable.

Charges are being filed against the teen who left the unsecured gun lying around the residence as well as his mother, 35-year-old Brittany Senita Ryans. She was allegedly in the kitchen when the 4 year old shot himself with the unsecured weapon around 11 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Several other children, ages 9-15, were present either in the kitchen or living room at the apartment, also known as The Vista @1931, located at 1931 Murphy Road in Augusta. The other children began screaming and running to Brittany Ryans after the gunfire, authorities said.

Brittany Ryans was being held Monday night in the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on five charges of cruelty to children in the second degree. Her co-defendant is listed as 19-year-old Ladarion Ryans, who has not yet been charged, according to jail records.

Check back here for more details on this developing story.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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