MO - Corbin Wiederholt, 9 mos, fatally shot by 5yo brother, Elmo, 19 Jan 2015

Discussion in 'Crimes-Spotlight on Children' started by Concerned Mama, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. Concerned Mama

    Concerned Mama Grammar Ma'am

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    5-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shoots 9-Month-Old Brother
    Posted: Mon 9:24 PM, Jan 19, 2015
    By: KCTV/Melissa Brunner

    Authorities told CBS affiliate KCTV-5 that the infant was in a playpen when the older child found a loaded .22-caliber magnum revolver lying around a bed. Authorities say the weapon did not belong to the mother, but to another relative.

    Not again. The right to bear arms does not give people the right to be completely irresponsible idiots, leaving loaded firearms in children's reach.

    One child dead; his brother scarred for life.

    :(

    edit: More info from Fox 4 Kansas City:

    9-month-old dies after being shot in the head by 5-year-old brother in NW Mo.
    POSTED 4:25 PM, JANUARY 19, 2015, BY MOLLY BALKENBUSH, KASEY BABBITT AND SHANNON O'BRIEN, UPDATED AT 09:21PM, JANUARY 19, 2015

    The prosecutor will assemble a child fatality review board, made up of law enforcement, children’s services and hospital personnel to help him determine of charges will be filed against the parents in this case.

    The article above includes information on how the parents could have easily secured the gun, rather than leaving it at the head of their bed. Professional firearms consultant Don Pind explained: “But the parents need to keep them away from it; lock them up, whether it be in a gun sock… padlocks are available free from the police and sheriffs’ offices.”

    Apparently the mother first told responders her child had been hit in the head with a paintball gun, rather than admitting it was a .22 caliber magnum revolver. The Fox4 article says nothing about the gun belonging to a relative. The mother was alone in the house with her four children, ages 9 mos. - 5 years, at the time of the shooting.

    Yes, it's a horrible, horrible tragedy for the family, but if charges aren't filed against the parents, will people ever wake up and secure their guns responsibly around children?


    eta: Apologies to Tricia and the mods, if this article is not appropriate after the recent discussion of the 2-year-old shooter in Idaho was closed. Please delete/close if necessary.
     
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  3. Zuri

    Zuri New Member

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    OMG. Why are adults so irresponsible?
     
  4. greycoupon

    greycoupon New Member

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    The mother actually lied to 911 over what had happened?? I have no words for this.
     
  5. Mrs G Norris

    Mrs G Norris #JeSuisUrsa

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  6. Love143

    Love143 New Member

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    One thread closes, but unfortunately another one like it pops up. The burden of reading websleuths.
     
  7. Concerned Mama

    Concerned Mama Grammar Ma'am

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    I messaged Tricia, so she may decide to close this thread. I hope not, since this is not the same situation, even though children are involved. I do want to know if charges will be filed against the parents for such negligence. The focus of this thread shouldn't be whether people should own guns or not, but whether these adults should be held legally responsible when their negligence resulted in death -- even if it was of their own child -- and suffering for all involved.
     
  8. katydid23

    katydid23 Verified Juanette

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    I cannot believe the mom LIED to dispatch about her child's injuries. UNREAL.
     
  9. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    Aw. So, so sad. How that poor five year old must feel. And the poor baby.
     
  10. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    Maybe the other one closed in part because the story/case was over. I left it a long time ago because there was nothing left to talk about. Sadly, this is a new case. It's Missouri so I doubt there will be charges.
     
  11. Mrs G Norris

    Mrs G Norris #JeSuisUrsa

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    Agree, that case was finished and the arguments had become circular, I don't think WS is going to just stop talking about these kinds of tragedies. I'm shocked there will be no charges.
     
  12. Sonya610

    Sonya610 Former Member

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    I am guessing she lied because the firearm was not legally owned. It belonged to a relative? Where is the father? Was it his weapon? Is he a felon? Did she lie to protect him? Was it a stolen weapon?

    I suspect there is more to this story.
     
  13. Really?

    Really? Well-Known Member

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    Sad sad sad.......they should charge away...

    My dad had guns in the house....I never knew....and dang, on those latch-key kid sick days I was a real nosy body.....looking for change (coinage)....and curiosity as well......never saw a gun, not once.
     
  14. margarita25

    margarita25 Jessica Ridgeway. Never Forgotten.

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    I feel so bad for the 5 year old. He has to live with this for the rest of his life. It was not his fault at all; he is only 5. :( jmo
     
  15. Reader

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    How could you even think about lying at a time like this. I'd have been so hysterical. Wonder if she talked to someone before calling 911.
     
  16. daisy7

    daisy7 Retired WS Staff

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    It absolutely infuriates me how often cases like this happen and how few "responsible" adults are charged with any crime when a child (or adult) dies or is injured through their own negligence. Why are most cases like this classified as "accidents"? I prefer to call them preventable tragedies. Parents are charged when they don't put their child in a car seat, when their baby gets into a pool through negligence, when their pet python kills their baby, but are rarely charged when improperly storing a lethal weapon results in their child's death???!!!

    Does this make sense to anyone??!!! Are these parents less negligent than any of the other parents?! "I didn't know my child would be able to reach and shoot the gun." GMAB!!!
     
  17. wendybtn

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    The DA already said no charges?! I missed that. Have they even completed the investigation?
     
  18. wendybtn

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    The DA already said no charges?! I missed that. Have they even completed the investigation?
     
  19. daisy7

    daisy7 Retired WS Staff

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    [​IMG]

    She had just put her 9-month-old down for a nap, turned on cartoons for the older kids and was headed for the dishwasher when she heard a strange "pop" come from the bedroom of the Missouri home.

    When (she) rushed to investigate the noise, her 5-year-old son appeared and said something that didn't make any sense to her in the moment.

    "I'm sorry, Mom. I shot Corbin."

    (snip)

    In what police have said was a tragic accident, the 5-year-old had gotten hold of his grandfather's .22 caliber Magnum revolver and fired a shot that struck Corbin in the head, mortally wounding him.

    (snip)

    She said she had no idea that her father, William Porter, kept a loaded pistol in the Elmo home she and the children were visiting.

    (snip)

    Porter told NBC News that he had the pistol for security and target practice and kept it in a locked case in his bedroom with other guns he uses for sport.

    "I set it up behind the long arms. It's always been there. I've never moved it," he said.

    It's unclear how the child got into the case, but Porter said it could be opened with a screwdriver or even a random key.

    (snip)

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investi...ecounts-moment-5-year-old-shot-killed-n289541

    RIP, Corbin:(
     
  20. tlcya

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    [FONT=proxima_nova_rgregular]Porter told NBC News that he had the pistol for security and target practice and kept it in a locked case in his bedroom with other guns he uses for sport.
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    [FONT=proxima_nova_rgregular]SNIP
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    [FONT=proxima_nova_rgregular]"I told the boys they weren't supposed to be in my bedroom where I keep the gun cabinet and they knew it — but like I said, boys will be boys," Porter said in an emotional phone interview.
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    [FONT=proxima_nova_rgregular]Asked whether he regrets keeping the weapons in the home, Porter said, "I do now."
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    [FONT=proxima_nova_rgregular]The Nodaway County Sheriff is continuing to investigate but said "foul play is not suspected."

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investi...ecounts-moment-5-year-old-shot-killed-n289541[/FONT]
     
  21. TrackerSam

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    Preventable tragedies are accidents. We should wait before a rush to judgment about charges being brought.
     

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