Parents Of 13-Year-Old Who Shot And Killed Sister Could Face Charges

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(Memphis) Charges could be coming for the parents of a 13-year-old boy who shot and killed his 10-year-old sister.

Police said the teenager shot his sister in the head when the two were alone in their Whitehaven home Monday.

The girl later died from her injuries.

Many want to know where the parents when this happened, and it is the glaring question police do not have the answer to.

"We will look at the parents... What they knew, what they didn't know, what they should have known," Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said. "In the event that a child gets a firearm and takes the life of someone else or seriously injures them, by all means parents should be held accountable!"

The district attorney's office said every case is different, but they have prosecuted parents in situations like this before.

"There was a case about a year and a half ago where we indicted a mother after a 4-year-old got a hold of a gun in the house and killed himself," General Amy Weirich said.

Armstrong said this shooting is a tragic lesson about the need for gun safety and responsible parenting.

"Regardless of what we do from a law enforcement prospective, there are no winners."

The boy is charged with felony reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.

The DA's office has not said if the charges will be upgraded. The investigation is still ongoing.


  • Chris Williams ii

    Throw em in jail. Kids should have been in school…..unless he had been kicked out which is probably the case

  • hank wesson

    My advice to the parents of today of you have a gun in your house for protection is to keep it locked away from the children in a safe or strongbox make sure its sturdy and the children can’t get to it and please pay attention to your children

  • Thomas H. Evans

    Here is a teen who showed all of the signs leading up to this young girl losing her life.but the parents, like so many parents today chose to look the other way. I’m sure they will tell you the boy was a good boy, give you the shirt off his back, never met a stranger. Too many parents today are willing to brush off bad behavior by their kids; it’s always somebody else’s fault, never their kid. Until we send a message to the parents that they have a responsibility and will be held accountable, don’t expect changes any time soon.

    • Don

      If the Attorney General Amy Weirich will prosecute in cases may be the word will get around the word will get around and maybe, just maybe these people with get the messege.

      “We will look at the parents… What they knew, what they didn’t know, what they should have known,” Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said. “In the event that a child gets a firearm and takes the life of someone else or seriously injures them, by all means parents should be held accountable!”

      Tony have you suggested that the parents be prosecuted, no, Ididn’t think so. Time for Armstrong to retired before he is fired. (so he can get a pension) like others have done

      • 1midtownmike

        No doubt….Armstrong taking the retirement / pension could open up the door for a police director with a pair between his legs, but it probably won’t happen. Too much tomfoolery and racism from blacks who wanted to take over and run the whites out without realizing……you’re running off your tax base as well.

        What a bunch of idiots.

  • not sure

    good the adults in charge of this boy deserve jail time, cause how did this kid get ahold of a gun to use and wreg even reported neighbors said this boy has been shooting guns in the neighborhood.

  • ChrisWilliamsJrisTheLoadthatshould'vebeenswallowed

    Not on there side which more than likely they just don’t care. But give them the benefit of doubt and say he brought it home and they didn’t know. If they go to jail maybe other children they have will suffer. Just a thought.

    • Dr. JohnS

      Tim, I reared 3 children to adult hood. I knew where they were, I knew what grades they made, I knew what they had in their possession. I made it my business to know about all three. I brought them into this world and it was my responsibility to keep them safe, educate them and teach them to work and have good social skills.

      And you ask “Did the parents know if he had a gun?”

      • Nonya Bidness

        Because that is the sad truth, ghetto parent(s) are so disconnected from their children that it is a fair assumption. 13 Year olds in Memphis are gang bangers and dope slingers.

  • ChrisWilliamsJrisTheLoadthatshould'vebeenswallowed

    John, most of these black parents don’t keep up with their kids. A lot of white people don’t like they should. Look
    What you are dealing with in the story. If you’re supposably a Dr you should know this. Even if you are just book smart there is no excuse for not knowing that. A lot of parents don’t know what responsibility is.

  • kay

    from what I read she/they have 9 kids??? she was reportedly going for a drug test. was the drug test because of addiction, a new JOB,perhaps?
    there is no telling and once again, it is sad but you have to keep with your kids. how do u keep up with 9 kids??? do they work, does she collect welfare, all of the above??? this kid was on a road to no where
    and look what happened, when he gets out, if he goes to jail, it will be ongoing, he seems to have temper issues, been in trouble before.
    sad story but they do need to be held accountable. was the gun the kid’s or the parents.???

  • Rodney Burns

    This is a clear indication there was something wrong not only in the household but also in the community. This young man shot up cars on numerous occasions and the police department should have been notified and aware of what was going on in the neighborhood . Unfortunately many parents live in fear of their kids who are out of control and I wood not be surprised to hear this was present in this case.Gang affiliation may have also contributed to this kids mental attitude. My heart aches for the innocent baby .



  • ChrisWilliamsisaBigDumDum

    I agree they should get the death penalty for weapon in their possession. That would solve a lot of black crime.

  • Tan

    I would love for a lot of people that post these comments tp get the Donald Sterling treatment. Then a lot of you in the closet bigots and racists would be revealed to the “blacks and so called African Americans”.

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