Boy, 11, charged over shooting of toddler

  • 06/08/2015
Boy, 11, charged over shooting of toddler

An 11-year-old boy in the US has been charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a toddler in Detroit.

The older boy allegedly shot the three-year-old boy in the face on Monday, and he was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.

Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy told local media the older boy was visiting his father's house on Detroit's east side when he found a gun in a bedroom closet.

He tossed it out of the bedroom window, retrieved it outside and took it into a parked vehicle where the toddler joined him.

A short time later the 11-year-old shot the little boy dead.

"I cannot remember a time where we have charged someone so young with taking a life," Worthy said in a statement.

"Very unfortunately and very tragically, the alleged facts in this case demanded it."

Neither boy has been named.

AFP