6-year-old shot in head

June 12, 2007

THOMSON, Ga.---A six-year-old boy was shot in the head by his seven-year-old brother at a mobile home west of Thomson.

There were three children in the home when the shooting took place: the victim, the seven-year-old brother, and their four-year-old sister. Also present at the time of the shooting was the children's mother. Investigators say she was asleep.

Investigators say the children were playing in their room with their grandfather's .32 caliber gun. The grandfather, who was not home at the time of the shooting, told investigators that gun is normally kept in the closet.

The boy was shot at around 3 o'clock. About 20 minutes later, he was MEDEVACed to MCG. At time of writing he was in critical condition.

DFACS has taken the victim's brother and sister into custody until they can be placed with their mother's brother-in-law. Investigators say this is standard procedure, and it's not clear yet whether or not any charges will be filed in this incident.

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  • by Clara Location: Office on Jun 14, 2007 at 08:13 AM
    I send my deepest sympathy to the little one's family. My heart breaks for them. I will keep them in my prayers.
  • by Anonymous Location: North Augusta on Jun 13, 2007 at 10:18 AM
    Let us not judge this family because it can happen to anyone. There is a mother who has lost her child and that in and of itself is terrible to deal with. This family is in my prayers. Let's learn from this tragedy....
  • by Anonymous Location: Thomson, GA on Jun 13, 2007 at 07:49 AM
    I can't begin to imagine the loss of a child, especially to something that could have been prevented. If you have a gun in the house it should not be loaded and it should also be locked up. That is what a gun cabinet is for. Also the mother should not be sleeping while three small children are in the house unsupervised. Makes me wonder if alcohol or drugs were involved. This is a tragedy that could have been prevented. If you have a child, please talk with them, let them know how serious guns are and that they are not a toy. Also hug them right now and tell them you love them. Be glad for the toys on the floor, the unmade bed, the sibling arguments, because this little boy will no longer have that. Watch your children. They need supervision.
  • by Anonymous Location: Martinez on Jun 13, 2007 at 06:50 AM
    I can honestly say that the parents are to blame!!!! Tragic situation yes due to it being an innocent child, but the mother shouldn't of been ASLEEP! Especially while the small children were "just playing in their room" in the house knowing there was a loaded gun in the house. That mother should spend jail time and her children should be in the hands of someone who care enough to take care of them properly!!!! This is also my opinion on the two year old who drown in a swimming pool while the "MOTHER WAS IN THE SHOWER." Parents like that don't deserve to have children. There are numerous families in this world that can't have children and WOULDN"T NEGLECT THEM---
  • by Faith Location: Martinez on Jun 12, 2007 at 09:01 PM
    The grandfather that had the gun loaded in the house should be charged. I have children in my home and that means no guns in my home. If you are responsible enough to have a gun you should be responsible enough to lock it up in a home with kids.
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