A Charleston man is accused of shooting a rifle inside his home in the direction of a baby’s room, according to police.

Donald Gendron, 41, of Rice Drive, was charged with discharging a firearm in the city and unlawful neglect of a child on Thursday.

Gendron threatened to shoot himself, according to an incident report. Gendron then loaded the rifle he was holding, pointed it at the ceiling and fired, the report stated. A bullet hit the ceiling, according to the report.

A baby, whose relationship to Gendron is unknown, was asleep in the bedroom upstairs but wasn’t injured by the bullet, though the round went in the direction of the room, according to the report.

Gendron was taken to St. Francis Hospital for mental evaluation and was later transported to Charleston County’s jail. A judge set bail at $25,000 for the unlawful neglect charge and at $1,092 for discharging a firearm.

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