Toddler shot in the head in Orangeburg County

SANTEE, S.C. (WCBD) — Authorities have arrested a man whose 2-year-old daughter was shot in the head during a drug deal.

A State Law Enforcement Division arrest warrant says that 33-year-old Tyrone Randolph was buying illegal narcotic drugs on Bonner Avenue in Santee on Saturday.

His daughter was in the backseat and was hit by a stray bullet when the deal turned into a gunfight.

She was taken to a children’s hospital in Columbia, Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.

The toddler is still receiving medical treatment but is no longer in the ICU.

Randolph is charged with unlawful neglect of a child, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a fine.

No bond was set during his hearing on Sunday.

The NBC affiliate station in Columbia says Randolph has a criminal record going back to 2005, including drug charges, burglary, and resisting arrest.

We will continue to update this story on air and online as more information becomes available.

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