The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Lancaster, S.C., Monday night is now in jail, along with her boyfriend.
Toni Gladden, 26, is the mother of the shooting victim, Jarcavion Gladden. According to Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant, Gladden is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child and concealing a felony. Her 18-year-old boyfriend, Shazeem Hayes, is also charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.
Grant would not release whether Jarcavion accidentally shot himself in the chest or if someone else was at fault. But he did say the child was the victim of extreme negligence by the people who should have been protecting him.
“Last night was probably the darkest night in the history of the Lancaster Police Department,” Grant said. “And after a full night of lies and avoidance, we have uncovered the truth and those responsible are in custody.”