A 22-year-old Kansas City man was accused of accidentally shooting a 4-year-old boy this week after his sister gave him a gun because she feared that her boyfriend might do something “stupid” with it.
KCTV reported that the sister of Delaney R. Singleton told police that she gave her boyfriend’s handgun to her brother because “she thought he was going to do something stupid.”
Singleton said that he had taken the gun into the bathroom to unload it when it discharged.
“I don’t know, it fell on the floor and went off,” he explained, according to court records.
Police determined that the bullet traveled through the bathroom door, and then into a bedroom, where it hit the 4-year-old child in the lower back. None of the other children in the bedroom were harmed.
The child was reportedly in critical but stable condition at a local hospital, but the bullet remained lodged in his abdominal area.
Although Singleton initially fled the scene and tried to hide the weapon, he later admitted his involvement in the shooting, court documents said.
“I feel bad for the baby because he’s an innocent baby and also for the person that got charged because it was an accident as well,” neighbor Shay Johnson told KCTV. “But that’s why guns shouldn’t be around kids.”
Prosecutors had requested that Singleton be held on $50,000 bond. They also requested the special conditions that he not be allowed to possess a firearm, and that he undergo mandatory drug testing.
Watch the video below from KCTV, broadcast July 16, 2014.