11-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Killed By Her 2-Year-Old Brother

gunIt's heartbreaking anytime you hear of a child being shot and killed. Though the death of 11-year-old Jamara Stevens is especially devastating to hear about. The reason? She was murdered by her 2-year-old brother.

On Saturday, the children were playing in a bedroom unsupervised and the toddler picked up the cocked gun, pointed it at his sister and fired. The bullet hit Jamara in the arm, but traveled through her chest and ultimately struck her heart. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

At first, investigators were unsure of what had happened. They knew that four kids (ages 2, 7, 11, and 14) were in the home, but they were unsure who did the shooting. Then the little boy was found with a burn and traces of gun powder on his arm.

Police believe that the mother's boyfriend brought the gun over.  The children reportedly got their hands on it when the mother went to the bathroom. So far, no charges have been filed. Such a tragedy.

Do you think somone should be charged for this crime?

 

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Julie Petrenko

Yes, the stupid boyfriend...  When will people learn to not leave a loaded gun near children.  Guns don't kill people, but stupid gun owners do.  Owning a gun has a respondsiblilty attached to it. 

Bonnie Scully

The boyfriend & Mom! They both knew young kids were in the house, they both knew there was a gun in the house.

youth... youthfulsoul

Of course this is a tragedy but both adults should be charged. When will thee idiots ever learn not to keep guns within a child's reach.

Taisie Taisie

I think that saying this young girl was "murdered" is inappropriate, murder is defined as "the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another". This was a tragic accident that should never have happened, but murder? No.

Kattey Kattey

I say this every time I see one of these stories. This is not an accident. It is negligence, and every adult should be charged. Responsible gun ownership starts with a gun safe. If you can't afford a gun safe, you shouldn't have a gun.

IHear... IHeartCake

Imagine how many loaded guns must be sitting in houses in reach of children.  I wish this would stop happening :-(  Poor babies.  Think of the burden this 2-year-old will live with for the rest of his life.

nonmember avatar Stephanie

The mom and the boyfriend should be charged. And yes I agree with the one poster who stated this was not murder but a tragic accident. BUT this accident would of never of happened if their were gun safety in the house. There is nothing wrong with owning a gun, but you have to be aware of how to keep your child safe in a house with a gun. You even have to take it a step farther and teach your child about gun safety.

Steph Hyne

If it's murder it's on the part of the negligent gun owner/parent not the 2-yr-old. That's a reach at readers through a headline 

Organ... Organizedchaos8

The adults should be charged for negligence and murder. What kind of moron leaves a loaded gun where kids can reach it?

nonmember avatar Jackie

It's tragic, but that gun should have NEVER been in any of the children's reach! My husband and I own guns that stay in multiple safes. They are in reach but LOCKED. For f*cks sake, they open to our fingerprints so unwanted persons can not access them. There is NO reason that if you can buy a gun, to not practice gun safety. If you can't afford the safe or vault, why was it loaded? If it was a pistol, why was the magazine in it???

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