Parents of boy who was shot arrested

Randy Tyshawn Aiken (left) and Taisha A. Moody

WALTERBORO — The parents of a 3-year-old boy who was shot Saturday have been arrested, according to the Colleton County Sheriff's Office.

Randy Tyshawn Aiken of Coot Lane and Taisha A. Moody of Decota Circle, Cottageville, are both charged with unlawful neglect of a child. Both are 27 years old.

Additionally, Aiken is charged with giving false information to police about a felony. Both were being held in the Colleton County Detention Center pending bond hearings.

Their children have been placed in foster care by the S.C. Department of Social Services, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Initially, Aiken told deputies that his son, Andre, was outside their house on Coot Lane playing on a trampoline

with some other children when the father heard gunshots, then saw his son walking up the back steps, bleeding from his left leg.

Aiken had taken his son to Colleton Regional Hospital's emergency room, which contacted the Sheriff's Office about 10:20 p.m. The boy was transferred to Medical University Hospital. He later was released and is in good condition, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies searched Aiken's house Monday. After the search, the boy's parents told deputies their initial report was false and that Andre had been accidentally shot while inside their house.

Asked what actually happened inside the house and how the child was shot, a deputy said only the sheriff could comment on the case. Sheriff George Malone did not return several phone calls placed Thursday afternoon to his office and his cell phone.

According to a criminal background check with the State Law Enforcement Division, both Aiken and Moody have convictions for a misdemeanor drug-possession charge. Aiken also has several convictions for driving violations. Neither has any felony convictions in South Carolina.

Reach David W. MacDougall at 937-5655.