Lancaster community grieves as police return to scene of toddler's fatal shooting

Lancaster community grieves as police return to scene of toddler's fatal shooting

LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - Across the street from Linda Cunningham's home on East Dunlap Street, investigators returned to the place where 2-year-old Jacarian Gladden was fatally shot this past Monday night.

Many hands were on deck not only from the Lancaster Police Department but also from extra agencies providing assistance. A crime scene reconstruction team was also brought in along with the Lancaster County coroner as they continued to gather evidence two days after the tragic incident.

"I'm hurt. I'm actually hurt as a mother and as a grandmother," Cunningham said. "It's just a sad time for the city of Lancaster."

On Tuesday, the Lancaster Police Chief spoke with reporters about the case. But he had no comment at the crime scene Wednesday as investigators scoured the home.

The child's mother, Toni Lashay Gladden, was given a $60,000 bond. Her live-in boyfriend, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes, was denied bond.

"It's a sad time for my neighborhood. I've been here 40 years, and a child's life has never been taken," Cunningham said.

While heartbreak is a given in the community, Cunningham is coping with her grief by leaving gifts as a way of remembering the child.

She said, "Justice needs to be for that baby."

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