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11-year-old Detroit boy fatally shoots 3-year-old toddler in the face while playing with gun

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An 11-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a toddler in Detroit, US media said Wednesday.

The older boy allegedly shot the three-year-old boy in the face Monday and he was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital, The Detroit News and other media said.

According to CBS Detroit, police at the scene said the boys had been playing with the gun.

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The Detroit News quoted Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy as saying that the older boy was visiting his father’s house on Detroit’s east side when he found a gun in a bedroom closet.

He tossed it out of the bedroom window, Worthy said, retrieved it outside and took it into a parked vehicle where the toddler joined him.

A short time later, Worthy said, the 11-year-old shot the little boy dead.

“I cannot remember a time where we have charged someone so young with taking a life,” Worthy was quoted saying in a statement.

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“Very unfortunately and very tragically, the alleged facts in this case demanded it.

“The charged respondent here will remain in the juvenile system, but the case remains under investigation.

“As a result of that, I will not say more at this time.”

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Neither boy has been named.


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