ICSO: Toddler accidentally shot in West Iredell County


Date/Time of Offense: Sunday, May 2, 2021

Offense(s): Misdemeanor Failure to Store Firearms to Protect a Minor, Misdemeanor Child Abuse

Location of Incident: 2390 Old Wilkesboro Road, Statesville.

Suspect(s): Erin Dreshon Vanderburg, 25 Years Old

                  119 Foxfire Court

                  Statesville, North Carolina 28677


                  Alyssa Marie Lyons, 19 Years Old

                2390 Old Wilkesboro Road

                  Statesville, North Carolina

Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Sunday, May 2, 2021, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was called to 2390 Old Wilkesboro Road in reference to a two year old child who was shot.

When the deputies arrived on scene, the located the victim and provided medical care until medical personal arrived. The child was treated at the scene, then taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem for additional treatment.

Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Investigators and Crime Scene Investigators arrived on scene to conduct their investigation. Erin Dreshon Vanderburg and Alyssa Marie Lyons were interviewed about the incident. Crime Scene Investigators located the weapon, a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, along with bullet fragments in the bedroom of the home. Investigators determined the child had gained access to a loaded pistol which was lying on the bed, and the shot was accidental.

Based on the statements and physical evidence from the scene, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Investigator M. Jennings applied for and was issued a Misdemeanor Failure to Store Firearms to Protect a Minor, and Misdemeanor Child Abuse arrest warrantsagainst Erin Dreshon Vanderburg, and a Misdemeanor Child Abuse arrest warrant against Alyssa Marie Lyons.

The child is in stable condition at Brenner Children’s Hospital at this time.

Erin Dreshon Vanderburg was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad Deputies on Monday, May 3, 2021. He was taken to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was served with his two arrest warrants. He then appeared before Magistrate M. Nethken who issued a 10,000.00 dollars secured bond.

The warrant on Lyons is still outstanding at this time.

Author: Heather Gessler