Sheriff: Chester mom shoots, kills her 6-year-old son in Fairfield County

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – Fairfield County and Chester County Sheriff’s deputies were called to an address on Old Douglas Road near Blackstock on the evening of Thanksgiving Day, where a child was reported to be the victim of a shooting.

Upon arrival, deputies learned that a six-year-old boy had been shot and that he had been transported to a hospital in Chester by family members. The boy later died according to Fairfield County Sheriff Will Montgomery.

Mary Amelia Rosborough, 31, has been arrested and is in the Fairfield County Detention Center charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to officials.

Montgomery told The Voice that Rosborough, the boy’s mother, had returned from hunting, was carrying her gun and shot her son in the upper body about 6 p.m.

It is believed that the mother and son were residents of Chester.

Montgomery has not yet released details of the shooting or a motive. 

The Voice will publish the name of the victim as soon as it is released by the Fairfield County coroner.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is assisting in the investigation of the shooting, according to Montgomery.

This is a developing story and details will be posted as soon as they are made available.


  1. Another child dead, so senseless. It will stop when these people are brought to justice like in China.

  2. Senseless, I say a kill for a kill!

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