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Posted: 3/14/2005 12:42:02 AM EST
Damn, this is so sad…


Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

A toddler remained in critical condition at the Ben Taub General Hospital on Sunday, a day after he was shot in the head by his 4-year-old brother.

The shooting happened about 4:20 p.m. Saturday at the children's southwest Houston home in the 5600 block of Gatewood near South Post Oak Boulevard.

There were no new developments in the investigation, Houston police homicide detectives said Sunday.

The shooting was sparked by an argument that erupted after the 2-year-old threw a toy at his older brother.

The 4-year-old told police he shot his brother in the head with a .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol he found in his mother's purse.

Child Protective Services caseworkers placed the 4-year-old with his grandmother, pending the outcome of their inquiry.

"Normally, our investigations can take up to 30 days," CPS spokeswoman Estella Olguin said Sunday. "We haven't yet had a chance to see the 2-year-old or talk to their dad to see what he knows about the situation."

Olguin said the boy has been asking for his younger brother. "He probably doesn't realize the consequences of his actions," she said.

Because he is under 10, the boy will not be charged in the shooting.

However, Olguin said he will need counseling in the future. "You can imagine the guilt he's going to feel," she said.

Their mother was in a bedroom when she heard the gunshot. She told police she had the gun to protect her family because of a rash of recent burglaries in the neighborhood.

Police said the case will be referred to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. The children's mother could face criminal charges for making the weapon available to a child, police said.

Link Posted: 3/14/2005 12:45:16 AM EST
The mother ought to be hung in public. I hope she suffers long and hard.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 12:51:32 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 1:44:55 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 2:16:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/14/2005 2:18:12 AM EST by Galland]
My mom kept her carry gun in a safety deposit box when we were young. She only withdrew it (so to speak) for long drives across the country. Parents should keep their firearms out of reach until the kids are old enough to understand and obey orders. Of course I don't think the state should dictate how they do this- it is a private matter, like any other precaution against injury in the home.

Link Posted: 3/14/2005 2:14:21 PM EST
bump for the evening shift…
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 2:28:50 PM EST
Anyone want to guess on the likelihood that the parties involved were of the 'non-swimmer' persuasion.
Link Posted: 3/14/2005 2:30:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By QuietShootr:
Anyone want to guess on the likelihood that the parties involved were of the 'non-swimmer' persuasion.

I saw the news report last night, and I believe you are correct. Haha, "non-swimmer"!
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