A northern Indiana man has pleaded guilty to criminal charges after killing his fiancee’s 3-year-old son while they were playing a “gun game” in their Michigan City home.
Authorities said Zachariah Grisham, 24, frequently played a game in which he would point a real gun at the boy while child would point an imaginary gun back.
Grisham shot the boy in the head in September 2013. He told police he forgot his gun was loaded and pulled the trigger.
Grisham pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of child neglect. He was originally charged with both child neglect and reckless homicide.
Authorities said the shooting wasn’t intentional.
“It did not meet the qualifications of murder. It’s a very unfortunate incident,” LaPorte County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Ambers told The Times of Northwest Indiana.
Grisham faces up to 12 years in prison.
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