The father of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot his mother in a Chicago suburb has been arrested and will likely face firearms charges, the community’s police chief said Monday.
Dolton Police Robert Collins Jr. said investigators are working with prosecutors from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine the exact charges, but there is no evidence he fired the shot. gun or even knew the boy was holding the gun at the time of Saturday’s shooting. .
“We don’t have anything to indicate the father fired the gun, so the path we’re pursuing is that the gun was his responsibility,” Collins said of the unnamed father. disclosed. He added that he expected charges to be filed by Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
Collins said investigators had already determined the father legally possessed the gun but did not have a concealed carry permit he would have needed to carry it in the vehicle.
The shooting took place around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said the family sat inside their car – the father in the driver’s seat, the mother in the passenger seat and the boy in a car seat in the back – outside a store Food 4 Less in the community about 20 miles south of Chicago when the boy found the gun.
“He kind of got his hands on the gun and started playfully playing with it, pointed the gun and fired,” Collins said. A bullet hit Daejah Bennett, 22, in the neck, the chief said. She was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Collins said detectives conducted what is called a forensic interview with the child. A person who specializes in talking to children interviewed the boy and during that interview “the child said he was the one who fired the gun,” he said. “We are convinced he fired the gun.”
“It’s just such a tragedy,” he said.