SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. — Investigators are looking into what led up to the death of a 3-year-old boy at a home on Garfield Lane in Simpsonville just before 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon, WHNS reported.
Deputy Coroner Kent Dill identified the child as 3-year-old Michael Kyron Boyles. He said Michael was shot in the head.
Simpsonville police said they don’t know exactly what happened yet, but they do not expect foul play.
“We’re investigating the crime scene, looking at all physical evidence, interviewing any of the witnesses, trying to piece together what happened,” said Deputy Chief Steve Moore.
Moore said the child’s mother and a 2-year-old sibling were at home at the time of the shooting. Police said Michael was found alone in a bedroom with the gun nearby.
“You know, I’m a father of three children, so any time that we have a deceased child, it’s a sad circumstance altogether,” Police Chief Keith Grounsell said. “It’s a sad day for the family. My heart goes out to them. They’re going to be in our thoughts and prayers.”
For family friends, they said it was enough tragedy dealt to the Boyles family. Police and neighbors said that Michael’s father, Richard Boyles Jr., passed away from cancer in May.
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to determine Michael’s cause and manner of death.