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9-Year-Old Boy Allegedly Killed Teen Sister in Fight Over Video Game Controller

Posted by on Mar. 19, 2018 at 11:56 AM
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Holy hell!!!  How did he get access to the gun?  Why did he decide using a gun was the solution?  So many questions!!!!


By Associated Press

11:17 AM EDT


(ABERDEEN, Miss.) - A Mississippi girl has died after her brother allegedly shot her in the head because she wouldn't hand over the controller of a video game.

WCBI-TV reported Sunday that Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell says the girl is dead.

Cantrell told local news outlets that the 9-year-old boy shot his 13-year-old sister in the back of the head. She was rushed to Le Bonheur's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, but didn't survive.

Authorities say they don't yet know how the boy got the gun. The circumstances are still being investigated.


MORE INFORMATION FROM ANOTHER SOURCE:

The siblings had been in a bedroom playing a video game while adults were elsewhere in the home, Cantrell said, citing his interviews with the family, including with the 9-year-old boy.

At some point, the boy wanted the video game controller from his sister but she wouldn’t give it to him, Cantrell said.

“The little boy — he managed to get a gun out of a nightstand there in the room there, and he just came over and shot her,” Cantrell said. “I’ve been in law enforcement 30-some-odd years, and I’ve never dealt with anything quite like this. Not with children.”

The 13-year-old was rushed to a hospital in Amory, a city in Monroe County, then flown to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, about 130 miles away, the sheriff said.

Over the weekend, Cantrell told local media outlets the bullet entered the girl’s brain from the back of her head. She died Sunday at the hospital, WTVA News reported.

The sheriff did not identify the family.

Cantrell said the investigation was ongoing and that officials would confer Monday to see if there was any parental negligence. 

“That’s what we’re going to be looking at today, to see if there are any charges that need to be brought against the parents,” he told The Post. “Anything’s possible. We’re going to look at every possible scenario.”

Cantrell said physical evidence at the scene corroborated “to a T” what the 9-year-old said had happened. He did not specify if the boy would face charges, or how much the child understood the severity of what had occurred.

“I talked to him. I just asked him what happened, and he said what he did,” Cantrell said. “At the same time, you’re talking to a little boy that’s nine years old. . . . I think a lot of this goes back to these games, you know, where you hit the reset button where everybody’s OK.”

In a phone interview Monday, Cantrell repeatedly called the situation a “tragedy,” one he hoped to never encounter again.

“I’ve never dealt with children shooting each other,” Cantrell said. “That’s about the only thing I can say at this point.”

Firearms-related injuries are the nation’s third leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 17, according to a 2017 report in the medical journal Pediatrics. An average of 1,297 children died each year from 2012 to 2014 from a firearm-related injury.

Analyzing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, The Post’s editorial board found that “on average, 23 children were shot each day in the United States in 2015. Of the approximately 8,400 shootings, 1,458 were fatal, a death toll that exceeds the entire number of U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan this decade.”


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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 19, 2018 at 11:57 AM
I got nothing.
momof2555
by Member on Mar. 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM

oh how awful! and yes, so many questions! where did he get the gun? where were the parents? did he have mental issues that were being treated? etc, etc.

M4LG5
by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2018 at 12:07 PM

I read in another article that the mom was in the kitchen feeding other kids. 

Still.....too many questions.

Quoting momof2555:

oh how awful! and yes, so many questions! where did he get the gun? where were the parents? did he have mental issues that were being treated? etc, etc.


momof2555
by Member on Mar. 19, 2018 at 12:10 PM

so crazy!

Quoting M4LG5:

I read in another article that the mom was in the kitchen feeding other kids. 

Still.....too many questions.

Quoting momof2555:

oh how awful! and yes, so many questions! where did he get the gun? where were the parents? did he have mental issues that were being treated? etc, etc.


numbr1wmn
by Lina on Mar. 19, 2018 at 12:16 PM
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Because for one, kids don't know disappointment, participation trophies. Video games are so violent.

tiafez
by Silver Member on Mar. 19, 2018 at 12:20 PM
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a tragedy that needn't have happened. horrific. 

SuG4
by Firestarter on Mar. 19, 2018 at 12:24 PM
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If he was that angry, it wouldn’t have mattered if there was a gun available or not! He would’ve run in the kitchen and got a knife, or a bat! But maybe she’d be alive.
mommytoeandb
by Member on Mar. 19, 2018 at 12:26 PM
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This. That extreme reaction is not normal. 😞

Quoting SuG4: If he was that angry, it wouldn’t have mattered if there was a gun available or not! He would’ve run in the kitchen and got a knife, or a bat! But maybe she’d be alive.
SuG4
by Firestarter on Mar. 19, 2018 at 12:27 PM
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Absolutely!

Quoting mommytoeandb: This. That extreme reaction is not normal. 😞

Quoting SuG4: If he was that angry, it wouldn’t have mattered if there was a gun available or not! He would’ve run in the kitchen and got a knife, or a bat! But maybe she’d be alive.
Mrs.KAZ
by Gold Member on Mar. 19, 2018 at 12:28 PM
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I agree. It sounds as if he may have violent tendencies or emotional/anger issues.

My kids are the same age as the kids in the article, and when they disagree, sometimes my daughter(the younger one) swats at her brother, but she would never cause him harm or think of killing him!


Quoting SuG4: If he was that angry, it wouldn’t have mattered if there was a gun available or not! He would’ve run in the kitchen and got a knife, or a bat! But maybe she’d be alive.
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