Any time injuries to children occur, there is a high interest within the community. Parents are tasked with the job to keep their children safe at all times, but it is almost impossible to keep an eye on them at all times of the day. Injuries to children can be one of the scariest things for parents and, sometimes, the story has a tragic ending.
A recent South Carolina case has a sad ending after an 11-year-old boy was shot and killed. The young Greenville boy was playing with friends close to his home when he was shot with a 9mm handgun. Three children were apparently present in the home where the accident occurred. The parents had left their 9 and 12-year-old children at home, and the victim and the 12-year-old child were in the parent's bedroom.
Authorities believe the older boy was attempting to get money out from underneath a mattress when the gun was discovered. Details surrounding exactly what happened are sketchy, but the gun was apparently jammed and then fired suddenly. The victim was struck in the neck, causing his death.
At this time, prosecutors in North Carolina do not believe they have enough evidence to warrant criminal charges and believe the tragedy was an accident. Although no one will be charged criminally, the surviving family of the victim may have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against anyone whose negligence caused or contributed to the fatality. One issue could focus on negligence claimed against the parents of the 12-year-old for leaving a loaded weapon in the unattended house in a manner that could lead to injuries to children.
Source: WISTV, "Shooting of 11-year-old SC boy ruled an accident," Associated Press, May 3, 2012