Police: 4-year-old accidentally shoots himself with gun from mother’s purse

A 4-year-old is in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a gun he found in his mother's purse in a Myrtle Beach hotel room, WPDE reports.

Police said the boy, Isaiah, was alone at the Oceans One Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Saturday when he found the .36 caliber handgun.

Investigators said he accidentally shot himself in the head.

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His parents, Heather Lyn Odom, 30, and Jeremy Jermaine Barrett, 34, of Aberdeen, were both arrested and charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Odom and Barrett appeared in court for a bond hearing Sunday afternoon, WRAL reports.

Odom told the judge that she and Barrett had been in another room of the suite when the shooting happened.

"I just wanted to say that this was just a tragic accident, and it's something that shouldn't have happened, but it did," Odom told Municipal Judge Clifford Welsh.

The couple is released from custody and expected back in court in September.

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