3-year-old who accidentally shot and killed himself

posted by Megan Rivers, WCIV - 

Walterboro, S.C. (WCIV) — “My baby is gone.”

As tears flowed, Arika Williams recounted the final moments with her 3-year-old son, Aiden.

“He had a tear coming down his eye, I said, 'my baby was in pain, my baby cried.'”

That's how Williams described her son lying on the hospital bed.

Colleton County Sheriff's Office says Aiden shot himself Friday night and died Saturday morning.

Arika said the shooting occurred at a trailer where at his father lived.

An incident report from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office shows Aiden’s father, Allen Martin, told investigators he was at a friend’s house with seven other people, but only knew one of them.

“I dropped him off at 10:48 p.m., when I read the report, they said it happened at 11:22 p.m.,” she said.

Less than hour after dropping them off, the shooting occurred.

Williams is now searching for answers.

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“Somebody knows something, somebody needs to be accountable, my baby was innocent," she said. “I just want justice for my baby.”

Williams said Aiden had one older brother, who “still thinks Aiden is still in the hospital sleeping.”

Incapable of finding the words, Arika said, “It’s like a void, my life will never be the same, nobody’s life here will ever the same.”

The coroner’s office said the death is ruled an accident.

As sheriff’s deputies look for clues, Arika Williams tearfully tries to accept what happened.

“I seen a red bird, you know how they always say when you see a red bird, you blow five kisses, you make a wish and your wish will come true. I blew kisses, I made a wish, but I know it ain't going to come true, cause he’s gone, he’s gone."

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