Mother cited after child dies in accidental shooting
04 August 2016, 16:55
Marrero – The mother of a 5-year-old Louisiana boy faces a child desertion charge after the child's 9-year-old brother accidentally shot him in the head, authorities said on Wednesday.
Col John Fortunato, a spokesperson for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, said 29-year-old Generra Brown was issued a court summons for the misdemeanour charge because she left the children unsupervised at a Marrero home before the Tuesday evening shooting that killed her son, Melvin Brady.
Fortunato said investigators believe that Brown, a home health care professional, was caring for a neighbour across the street when her 9-year-old son found a loaded gun while he and his brother were playing in a bedroom closet. As the older brother handled the handgun, it fired one shot that struck the younger child.
The 5-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers responded to the shooting around 18:00 on Tuesday. Brown dialled 911 after learning about the shooting from the older child.