Sunday 25 September 2016

Boy (3) shot dead after gun goes off under grandmother's pillow as they slept

Published 20/01/2016 | 23:18

Deonca Kennedy was arrested by police after the toddler's death New Orleans Police Department
Deonca Kennedy was arrested by police after the toddler's death New Orleans Police Department

Police in New Orleans have arrested a security guard over the death of her three-year-old grandson, who apparently was shot when the gun under her pillow went off while they slept.

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The bullet hit the boy in the chest, police said. He died at a nearby hospital.

Police said 42-year-old Deonca Kennedy was arrested on charges of negligent homicide, second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and child desertion.

Under state law, both desertion and second-degree cruelty charges can be based on criminal negligence. Negligent homicide carries up to five years in prison, and second-degree cruelty up to 40 years.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

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