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Mom Charged After Her 5-Year-Old Kills Brother, 4

NJ woman has history of gun charges

(Newser) - Yet another tragedy has destroyed yet another family after a small child was able to get his hands on a loaded gun. Authorities in New Jersey say 22-year-old Itaniyah Spruill was arrested and charged with a weapons violation and endangering the welfare of a child after her 5-year-old son accidentally... More »

Cops: Dad Kills His Baby While Trying to Shoot Wife

St. Louis man forced family into car at gunpoint

(Newser) - A manhunt is underway for a St. Louis man who fired a shot at his fleeing wife and killed the 8-month-old son she had in her arms, police say. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says that during a domestic dispute Tuesday afternoon, Diata Crockett forced his wife and three... More »

Parents of Boy, 4, Who Shot Friend Must Pay $572K

Gun that killed 6-year-old was under a bed

(Newser) - A New Jersey man whose 4-year-old son shot a playmate dead with an unsecured gun served nine months in prison last year—but he hasn't finished paying for the negligence that led to the 6-year-old boy's death. On Monday, a judge ordered Anthony Senatore and his wife, Melissa,... More »

3-Year-Old Kills Self With Gun in Mom's Purse

'I'm not getting a pulse,' mother screamed

(Newser) - Police say a 3-year-old boy killed by a gunshot had been playing with a pistol he found in his mother's purse in their home near Cincinnati. In audio tape of a 911 call released by police, a woman identifying herself as the mother of Marques Green said she carried... More »

25 Kids Under 5 Have Shot Someone This Year

Gun data finds at least 79 US children have shot someone in 2015

(Newser) - An alarming new analysis of gun data finds that at least 79 American kids shot someone accidentally in the first four months of this year—and 25 of those kids were between the ages of two and four years old. In those 79 incidents, 24 people were killed and 56... More »

Don't Call Unintentional Shootings by Kids 'Accidents'

And Slate writer thinks caretakers of kids should be charged if it happens

(Newser) - A recent trio of shootings of young children in the Houston area who got their hands on loaded firearms, including a 4-year-old who was spending the night at a babysitter's home, are tragic—but don't call them accidents, Justin Peters writes in an article for Slate . In all... More »

Cops Nab Dad Shot by 3-Year-Old Son

Justin Reynolds faces felony child abuse charge

(Newser) - A 3-year-old boy who allegedly shot his parents with a single bullet won't be charged, of course, but his parents are in hot legal water. Justin Reynolds was arrested in Albuquerque today and faces a "child abuse without a great bodily harm" charge, KRQE reports. Police say Reynolds... More »

40 Shot, 4 Killed This Weekend in Chicago

11-year-old girl was shot in head while indoors at a sleepover

(Newser) - On Friday night, 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was prepping s'mores at a sleepover party at her friend's apartment in Chicago when, as the girls were about to put the s'mores in the microwave, a stray bullet flew across a vacant lot, through an open window, then through a... More »

Man Kills 11-Year-Old Nephew Showing Gun With Laser Sight

New Jersey boy shot dead during gun demonstration, police say

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy died this weekend when his uncle, showing off his gun collection, pointed a gun with a laser sight at the boy's head and pulled the trigger, Raw Story reports. The New Jersey fifth grader—identified by WNEP as Hunter Pederson—was visiting his grandfather's house... More »

Girl Killed by 5-Year-Old Looking for His Toy Gun

Fatal shooting occurred at South Carolina birthday party

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was killed at a birthday party in South Carolina Saturday night after a 5-year-old boy accidentally fired a gun while looking for his own "gun"—a toy, authorities say. Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the boy's mother gave him permission to retrieve a... More »

Girl, 11, Shot Dead by 2-Year-Old Brother

Siblings were playing with gun while mom was in bathroom: police

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl was killed in Philadelphia Saturday morning when she and her three siblings found a loaded handgun in their home and started playing with it. Police say her 2-year-old brother pointed the gun at Jamara Stevens and it discharged, with the bullet striking her heart. She was pronounced... More »

4-Year-Old Kills 4-Year-Old in Detroit

'Long gun' was loaded, under bed

(Newser) - A neighbor asks the obvious question: "I was wondering why two 4-year-olds have access to a gun in the first place." That after tragedy struck in Detroit late yesterday afternoon, when a 4-year-old girl shot her 4-year-old male cousin, killing him. Police are calling it a "tragic,... More »

US Child Gun Deaths Rose 60% in 10 Years

And most came from handguns, finds new study

(Newser) - The number of US kids and teens who die from gunshot wounds in hospital has risen almost 60% in a decade, according to a new report. The study by two doctors looked at data from 1997 to 2009, and found the number of those hospitalized with gunshot wounds rose from... More »

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