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Philadelphia police: Toddler, 2, picks up gun, kills sister

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:26 p.m. HST, Apr 06, 2014

PHILADELPHIA >>  A 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his 11-year-old sister while they and their siblings played with a gun inside a Philadelphia home, police said Sunday.

Jamara Stevens was fatally shot Saturday morning with a gun that police believe was brought into the home by the mother's boyfriend a few hours earlier.

The mother was home with her four children in a master bedroom, Lt. John Walker said. Police say the shooting occurred when she left the room at about 10 a.m. to use the bathroom.

The 2-year-old pointed the loaded, cocked gun in the direction of his sister and the gun discharged, according to investigators.

The fatal bullet struck Jamara's shoulder and then traveled to her chest. Jamara was rushed to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, but died about a half-hour later, police said.

The girl's mother was at the hospital, Walker said.

"She was distraught," Walker said.

Police believe the mother's boyfriend had brought the gun to the house and stashed it on top of a refrigerator. It's not immediately clear who brought it to the bedroom.

Homicide detectives are investigating and will forward information to the district attorney's office, police said. No charges have been filed.

The name of Jamara's mother could not immediately be confirmed Sunday evening.

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joeglick wrote:
24 month old boy shoots and kills 11 month old girl. It can't get any worse, can it ??
on April 6,2014 | 02:00PM
paniolo wrote:
The boyfriend "said" he stashed it on top of a refrigerator. He probably told the police he put it there, but really put it where the kids could get to it. And, what was he doing bringing it to a house where there's kids? Police should check if the gun was registered. Sad, so sad.
on April 6,2014 | 02:06PM
sailfish1 wrote:
It was also loaded and cocked. The boyfriend must be some kind of gangster to be carrying around a loaded and cocked gun.
on April 6,2014 | 05:31PM
2NDC wrote:
Probably a double action revolver. The added the "cocked" part to make the story more "sexy" and "believable". Very unlikely that a 2 year old would be able to pull the trigger on a double action revolver in double action mode. The average trigger pull is between 11 - 14 pounds. Pretty heavy for a 2 year old. As for single action mode, it is usually 3 - 5 pounds. Still a bit heavy, but a bit more plausible.
on April 6,2014 | 09:43PM
Barefootie wrote:
This is what 'Gun Control' is all about, to stop such useless deaths of children and innocent people; yet the GoP and the NRA scream that 'gun control' is against the Second Amendment! Where do we draw the line on Second Amendment rights and the lives of our innocent chldren, how many more must suffer or die before we do something?
on April 6,2014 | 03:25PM
2NDC wrote:
No, this is the liberal media not reporting all of the facts. I find it very difficult to believe that a 2 year old was able to aim and squeeze the trigger of the gun. There's more to this story than what's being reported. Could it happen as reported? Possible. Did it happen as reported? Highly unlikely.
on April 6,2014 | 04:51PM
kk808 wrote:
It does sound suspicious.
on April 6,2014 | 05:38PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Denial all the way. Guns don't kill children. Stuff kill children,period. Oh, let's get rid of the AIM part. If two kids are tugging at a gun, guess what? One is downrange.
on April 6,2014 | 09:24PM
Barefootie wrote:
Did you bother to read the article at all, 2nDC? It made no mention of the child pulling the trigger, but still the handgun did fire and a child is dead because of it! "The 2-year-old pointed the loaded, cocked gun in the direction of his sister and the gun discharged, according to investigators." If there was no gun in the home, the daughter would not be dead now! You can take that 'liberal media BS' and stick it where the sun don't shine! How many more children must die, before we wake up from this manmade nightmare?
on April 6,2014 | 09:49PM
2NDC wrote:
How many guns have you seen "discharge" without "something" touching the trigger? In my 20 years of experience with firearms, I've seen 2. More children die annually from household chemicals than firearms. Let's ban cleaning solvents in the home. That would save a lot more lives than banning firearms in homes.
on April 6,2014 | 09:59PM
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