Sheriff's Office: Two charged in connection to accidental shooting death

Two people have been charged in connection to an accidental shooting death of a six-year-old girl.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says Bambi Dickerson and Jerry Lee Dickerson Jr., aunt and uncle of six-year-old Victoria Whitehurst, have been charged with misdeameanor failure to store firearm to protect a minor.

Investigators say additionally, Jerry Dickerson Jr. was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Deputies say Victoria Whitehurst, of Pinetown, was visiting a home on Main Street in Pinetown, staying with two other children, a 12-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy on January 3, when the accident happened.

Deputies say the 11-year-old, who is the Dickerson's son, was showing the two girls a shotgun that he got for Christmas when the gun went off. It struck Victoria, killing her, and injuring one of the family dogs.

Relatives say the children were all related.

The Sheriff's Office says Bambi Dickerson is out on bond and due in court February 7, while Jerry Dickerson's arrest is still pending.