Thirty-three-year-old Kevin Dewayne King, of Red Boiling Springs, was charged with two counts of aggravated child abuse/neglect, unlawful possession of a weapon, felony possession of a firearm and possession of an illegal weapon on Tuesday, January 19, after local authorities discovered that his 10-year-old son had been shot by a weapon belonging to King.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, dispatchers received the 911 call at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Monday, January 18th, reporting that a gunshot had been fired at King’s 1775 Carthage Rd. residence.

Upon deputies’ arrival, the 10-year-old boy was discovered to have endured a single gunshot wound and was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center under the care of EMS workers.

After further investigation into the events that led up to the shooting, Sheriff Gammons and MCSD detectives learned that it was King who had fired the weapon that wounded his 10-year-old son and a thorough search of the property led to the discovery of the weapon.

“During the search we found that the father had hidden the pistol fired during the incident,” Gammons stated. “The father also appeared to be on some type of narcotics at the time.”

King was interviewed about the incident the following day and police concluded, through his statements and the statements of the other children who witnessed the shooting, that King was “playing with the gun, when a bullet struck the boy.”

The 10-year-old victim is currently said to be in stable, but critical, condition at Vanderbilt Hospital.

King is being held on $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on February 3, 2010. Additional charges may follow.