Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Four-Year-Old Shoots Babysitter

A four-year-old in Jackson, Ohio shot a babysitter in the arm, with a shotgun, no less, after the babysitter stepped on his foot.

Yes, stepped on his foot.

Ethan Crisp, angered that 18-year-old Nathan Beavers was stepping on his toes (its unclear if it was intentional or not), stormed out of the room saying he was going to get a gun. He retrieved a 20-gauge shotgun from a bedroom closet, loaded and fired it at Beavers.

Beavers was treated for minor wounds to his arm and side, while Ethan's Uncle Brandon Fisher was also injured.

Police told WBNS:
"We can't charge a 4-year-old with anything. We'll talk to the prosecutor about possibly charging parents or babysitter."
I'm not sure what the babysitter would be charged with. I assume the parents could be charged for not keeping firearms out of the reach of a child. I would wonder if Beavers will seek to sue over the injury.

On the other hand, AP says that Beavers and several other teenagers were babysitting several young children in a mobile home. A makeshift daycare center? Worth looking into.

1 comment:

WebVisible said...

Beavers was treated for minor wounds to his arm and side, while Ethan's Uncle Brandon Fisher was also injured.