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Thu May 2, 2013, 01:10 PM

Charges Possible In Death Of Ky. 2-Year-Old Shot By Brother



NPR -- The heartbreaking death of a 2-year-old Kentucky girl who was shot and killed Tuesday by her 5-year-old brother with a rifle he had been given as a gift might lead to criminal charges.

The Lexington Herald-Leader writes that "Kentucky State Police said Wednesday it is too early to say whether charges will be filed in the case of a 5-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister."

That was a shift from earlier in the day, when a spokesman for the state police had said it was unlikely any charges would be filed.

"There is still some information that we don't fully understand," Trooper Billy Gregory later said, according to the newspaper. "As the investigation continues and when we finish, I'm sure we'll present the totality of the circumstances to the commonwealth's attorney and then he'll make a decision whether or not to present to the grand jury."

Read More: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/02/180557577/charges-possible-in-death-of-ky-2-year-old-shot-by-brother

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Reply Charges Possible In Death Of Ky. 2-Year-Old Shot By Brother (Original post)
Robb May 2013 OP
NightWatcher May 2013 #1
get the red out May 2013 #4
onehandle May 2013 #2
Blue_Tires May 2013 #9
cali May 2013 #3
SunSeeker May 2013 #5
Warren DeMontague May 2013 #6
magical thyme May 2013 #7
SamKnause May 2013 #8
geek tragedy May 2013 #10
magical thyme May 2013 #11
malaise May 2013 #12

Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:12 PM

1. Hell yes. Whomever provided the gun that day should get child endangerment,

negligence, willful and wanton disregard....and dumb ass in the first degree charges filed against them and do some hard time.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #1)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:19 PM

4. Agree

Neither stupidity nor cultural traditions are a defense IMO.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:18 PM

2. NRA lobbyists are on their way to see after the welfare of the gun.

'Guns are people too, my friend.'

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Response to onehandle (Reply #2)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:52 PM

9. The NRA has probably already met with their congressional lackeys

just in case any fragments of conscious emerge and they start thinking about a bill on age limit guidelines for gun use and ownership...

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:19 PM

3. I hope so. doing so might save a life.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:46 PM

5. How is it NOT child endangerment to leave a loaded gun in the open,

where there is a 5 year old, let alone a 2 year old--especially a gun purposely made easier to shoot with tiny kid hands?

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:47 PM

6. Seriously.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:51 PM

7. hopefully the charges will be against the parents

and not the 5 year old. And no, I'm not kidding. These days very little surprises me. And stupid never does.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:51 PM

8. Guns

Sarcasm ON

Will they arrest the 5 year old and charge him as an adult ?

Sarcasm OFF

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 01:52 PM

10. res ipsa loquitur

A five year old does not shoot anyone without criminal negligence being involved.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 02:12 PM

11. stupid, stupid judge

'Learning how to use a gun at a young age has been common for generations in rural Kentucky,' said County Judge-Executive John A. Phelps Jr.

I've never touched a gun, never had formal or informal training. But even I know the #1 rule of handling a gun: never point it at anybody, ever. Even if you believe it is not loaded, it might be. Even if you just unloaded it, you might have missed something. So this rural boy who had his own gun and complete access to it for a full year have never even been taught the #1 rule of handling a gun. That was no accident.

He said it was a 'mistake' to let the boy have access to the rifle, 'but it was an accident.' "

The parents routinely kept the gun in a corner, giving easy access. That 1. was a stupid choice, not a mistake and 2. was no accident.

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Response to Robb (Original post)

Thu May 2, 2013, 02:25 PM

12. Charges Possible In Death Of Ky. 2-Year-Old Shot By Brother

WTF????? Possible? What would be needed for criminal negligence?

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