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Partial settlement in suit over Anderson Co. toddler's death

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The family of a 2-year-old South Carolina boy who shot himself to death with a deputy's gun has settled a lawsuit against the officer.

An attorney for relatives of Josiah Tate said Wednesday the boys' relatives would receive a $100,000 settlement from former Anderson County Sheriff's Deputy Jahwaun Blair.

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 he and his mother shared with Blair.

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

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

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