11-year-old boy shot toddler in the face and killed him on Monday in Detroit. On Wednesday the boy was charged with manslaughter (felony firearm and death by weapon aimed with intent but without malice) after killing the three-year-old toddler. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy declared that her officer might have never charged someone so young with taking a life.
The shooting from Monday occurred in a 16000 block of Eastwood on Detroit’s east side. It was the home of the 11-year-old’s father. The boy took his father’s gun from a bedroom closet and threw it out of the window into the back yard. Afterwards he retrieved the gun and jumped into a vehicle that was parked in the backyard of the house.
Soon after that it seems that the 3-year-old boy identified as Elijah Walker got into the car and the boy with the gun shot him in the face. Walker was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The case is still under investigation. Maria Miller, a spokesperson for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said that no warrants have been filed for an adult so it is not known whether the father of the boy could be charged.
After the preliminary hearing Anthony Walker, the attorney of the boy told the court that the boy who is a seventh-grader is not actively attending classes and might not be prepared to stand trial. During the hearing the boy frequently zoned out and looked lost. He nodded that he understood his rights and the date of the next court. When he was asked whether he had any questions he replied he did not. When he left the court with his family the parents declined to make any comments. The bail for the boy was set at $5,000.
After Elijah Walker was pronounced dead his family opened a GoFundMe page in order to raise money for the expenses of the funeral. They had gathered nearly $1.000 until Wednesday.
In Michigan prosecutors can charge people of any age. However the judge still has some say in the process and the prosecutors must first of all prove that the youth had a criminal intent. David Cripps, who has had a long carrier as an attorney in Detroit, remarked:
A child that young thinks a gun is probably a toy. He has no comprehension of the consequences of playing around with a loaded firearm. … To me, this is pushing the edge of the envelope.”
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