A North Charleston woman who reported that an unknown gunman shot her son is facing a criminal charge after investigators determined the boy's injuries were caused by an accidental firearm discharge at her home.
Police on Thursday arrested Samantha Baker and charged the 32-year-old mother with filing a false report, a felony. She confessed to lying about how her 10-year-old son was shot, police said.
Authorities accused Baker of coaching her son and his young relatives to tell officers Monday that the shooting happened as the boys were playing at Pepperhill Park.
In filing the erroneous report, Baker told police her son's cousin summoned her to the park after a shooting, an affidavit stated. She said she arrived and found the boy suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip. He also had a laceration to his forearm.
Baker told investigators she thought her son has been struck with a BB, so she took him to an area hospital. Emergency room staff determined the boy had suffered a gunshot wound to his hip that "went clean through," according to the incident report.
Police later figured out the boy was shot when a gun accidentally went off at the family's home on Hillandale Road while Baker was present.
An officer wrote in the incident report that the young victim initially was asked if he and his relatives had found a gun, to which he replied, "No! We were told not to touch guns!"
Baker remained jailed Friday night on $20,000 bail.