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Lancaster Co. mom took child to fatal drug deal, cops say. Now she's charged.

Lancaster Co. deputies investigating Kershaw shooting

Herald news partner WSOC-TV reports one person was left dead and another was flown from the scene after a shooting Thursday afternoon in Kershaw.
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Herald news partner WSOC-TV reports one person was left dead and another was flown from the scene after a shooting Thursday afternoon in Kershaw.

A woman who was shot in a May 10 Lancaster County incident in which a man was killed while her child was in the back seat of a car is now charged herself.

Police said the incident was a drug deal gone bad.

A 4-year-old boy was in the back seat when the man was killed and the woman was shot near Kershaw.

Jody Linn Holt, 30, of Kershaw is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and unlawful neglect of a child, said Barry Faile, Lancaster County sheriff. Holt is the mother of the 4-year-old boy who was in the car during the drug deal and shootout, police said.

Holt was shot in both legs and the torso then later released from a hospital, then arrested after further investigation, said Maj. Matt Shaw of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

A family member took custody of the child after Holt was arrested, Shaw said.

Vincent Lambert Jr., 30, died at the scene. Three Lancaster County teens are charged with murder and attempted murder.

With Holt's arrest, police are still investigating but believe "we have the major players involved," Shaw said.

Police say Holt and Lambert made arrangements to meet one of the teens who has been charged with murder to sell him drugs, Faile said.

The meeting turned into an attempted robbery by the three teens and shots were fired, Faile said.

Holt was wounded by the gunfire, but she hid the drugs before police arrived, police said.

Police charged Holt with unlawful neglect because she took her child to the drug deal, which placed the child at unreasonable risk, Faile said.

Holt remains jailed under a $22,000 bond.

The three teens charged with murder in the death of Lambert and attempted murder in the shooting of Holt remain jailed without bond.

Dorian Tyrese Clyburn, 16; Ka'Darius Aintwayn Kirkland, 19; and Brennan Jamil Patterson Jr., 17, all of Lancaster County, were arrested earlier this week after manhunts throughout Lancaster and Chester counties, police said.

Shaw said the facts of the case showing the shootings came after an illegal drug deal make no difference in deputies investigating the shootings and charging the suspects.

"Regardless of what circumstances brought these people together, there was still unlawful shootings and a killing," Shaw said.

Andrew Dys: 803-329-4065, @AndrewDysHerald
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