CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a man charged with three counts of murder in a slaying in rural South Carolina now faces two additional counts stemming from the death of unborn twins one of the victims was carrying.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday additional charges will be filed against 23-year-old Kenneth Ancrum of Ravenel, who's accused of gunning down three members of the same family.
He's already charged with murder in the shooting deaths of Betty Mungin, 55, her daughter Alexis Mungin, 29, and her 8-year-old granddaughter Armani Mungin. He is being heled without bond.
Authorities say Alexis Mungin was Ancrum's girlfriend and was pregnant with twins.
Officials say the shootings stemmed from a domestic dispute in a mobile home in the rural community of Ravenel about 20 miles west of Charleston.
Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten said during a news conference Thursday that the unborn twins depended upon the life of their mother.
"Upon her death, they too died," she said.
She said the twins were about 25 weeks old and healthy but it was too late to deliver them by the time deputies got there.
"By the time anyone was able to even respond to the scene and identify that they were deceased in the mobile home, it would be too late to save those babies through delivering them," she said.
But she said the twins were viable and could have, with a lot of medical support, survived outside the womb. That allows authorities to bring the additional two murder charges.
Police incident reports say the bodies of an adult and the 8-year-old child were found in the kitchen of the mobile while a second adult victim was found by the front door.
A 4-month old child, who was unhurt, was found crying on an air mattress.
Authorities say Anrcum was arrested while he was trying to leave the mobile home park in a car. A woman in the car had a gunshot wound to the leg and taken to the hospital. Her injury was not life-threatening.