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Partial settlement in suit over toddler’s death

ANDERSON (AP) — The family of a 2-year-old South Carolina boy who shot himself to death with a deputy’s gun has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer.

An attorney for relatives of Josiah Tate said Wednesday that the boys’ family would receive a $100,000 settlement from a company that provided former Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Jahwaun Blair’s rental insurance on his home.

The family’s lawsuit accused the agency and Blair of negligence and recklessness. Josiah shot himself in the head with a .38-caliber handgun in July 2012 in the bedroom of a home that he and his mother shared with Blair.

The coroner ruled the death an accident, saying Blair came home, took off his gun and left to run errands. The boy and his mother returned, and the child picked up the gun and fired.

Josiah died later at a hospital. Blair was never charged and resigned from the department earlier this year.

A lawsuit against the sheriff’s department is still pending.



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