Adults Charged With Not Watching Detroit Boy 4, Who Killed Cousin, Also 4


Two Detroit adults prosecutors say should have been watching a group of children this week when a 4-year-old fatally shot her 4-year-old cousin were charged with involuntary manslaughter, reports the Detroit News. Patricia Johnson, 53, and Robert Richardson, 66, face allegations they were at home and should have been watching children in the house.

A 4-year-old girl found a loaded rifle in the room and shot her cousin in the chest, said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. The boy, Jamel Witcher, was pronounced dead on Thursday, the day of the shooting. A 5-year-old sister of the boy was also in the home that Witcher's grandfather rented. They were watching TV when the boy was shot. “These are absolutely the right charges in this profoundly sad case. I hope that this sends another resounding message that guns and unsupervised young children will court nothing but disaster,” Worthy said.

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