(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.