A 6-year-old boy from Muncie, Indiana, United States accidentally shot his 5-year-old sister while she was playing, killing her. Parents aged 27 and 28 arrested.
Tragedy in Muncie, Indiana, USA, where a 6-year-old boy accidentally shot his 5-year-old sister and killed her.
According to local press reports, police arrested the parents of the two children for negligent conduct, Deputy Police Chief Melissa Criswell said.
It all happened on Tuesday afternoon: rescuers reported having intervened after receiving a call from a home in Muncie, about 100 kilometers from Indianapolis. Once there, they found the girl with a gunshot wound to her head. Transferred to the IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, the doctors could not help but declare the death. The brother would open fire while he was playing with the gun.
The father, 28-year-old Jacob Greyson, said his 6-year-old son took one of the two loaded guns stored inside a safe and shot his little sister. The child told police that he found the key to the safe in his parents’ room and that it was not the first time he had accessed the guns.
Her mother, Kimberly Grayson, 27, told officers that she and her husband had previously taken the boy to the shooting range to teach him how to shoot.
The police also described the living conditions in the family home as “deplorable”, with “food, garbage, animal feces and furniture scattered throughout the house”.
Episodes of this kind are uncommon in Muncie, a quiet Indiana town. In 2014, a 6-year-old boy was seriously injured after his 15-year-old babysitter accidentally shot him with a gun she found under a pillow. Still, the following year a 3-year-old girl survived a gunshot wound to the head after a teenager hit her accidentally.
Police Chief Nate Sloan, while not commenting on Tuesday’s events, said that “every gun owner is responsible for properly storing and caring for their guns and rifles. In a home where there are children, guns are fires should always be kept in a locked safe. “