Father charged in Colleton County 3-year-old's shooting death

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Allen Michael Martin (Colleton County Detention Center)

Authorities have charged a Colleton County man in connection to his son's accidental shooting death.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday arrested Allen Martin, 28, of Walterboro, on two charges of unlawful conduct toward a child.

Martin's 3-year-old son, Aiden, died after accidentally shooting himself in the head May 5 at a home in Walterboro.

Investigators say Martin told them his two children's mother had dropped the boys off with him at the home.

The boys went inside, and minutes later witnesses reported hearing a "pop."

Aiden Martin was found in the home's kitchen with a gunshot wound to the head. He later died at a local hospital.

Deputies said they found seven guns inside the home where the boy shot himself.

Allen Martin was drunk when the incident occurred, according to the sheriff's office, and had to be detained for disorderly conduct at the hospital afterward.

Martin is in jail at the Colleton County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing, according to the sheriff's office.