4-year-old dies in accidental shooting; 12-year-old sibling faces charges

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 1:45 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 5:22 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting on Monday, August 2, that resulted in the death of a toddler.

Authorities said they arrived at the scene on Glenetta Court around 8 p.m and discovered a 4-year-old child had been shot.

According to investigators, the victim’s 12-year-old sibling admitted to accidentally discharging the firearm and the 4-year-old was hit by the bullet.

The victim was taken to the hospital and later died from injuries. The victim’s name has not yet been released.

“This is a terrible tragedy and a devastating loss for our community,” said Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. “We are reminding residents to please secure your firearms to keep our children and loved ones safe.”

“A terrible tragedy involving a child and a gun happened last night in our community,” added Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “Please pray for the family during this immeasurable loss. I want to implore everyone to safely secure your firearm with a gunlock. The Mayor’s Office offers free gunlocks at City Hall and community centers through our partnership with Project ChildSafe. Please help prevent a future tragedy.”

The 12-year-old was booked into the juvenile detention center for negligent homicide.

The incident is still under investigation.

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