A Missouri grandfather reportedly admitted to shooting and killing his 16-year-old grandson last week.
Thomas Ribby, 70, allegedly shot and killed 16-year-old Royce Hayes Osburn on Sunday at a home in Clinton, Missouri, according to FOX 4.
Police wrote in a probable cause statement that the grandfather told investigators he did not know the gun was loaded, but the family told the FOX affiliate that did not explain why the gun was pointed at his grandson.
There was previous conflict between the grandfather and the teenager, but family and witnesses did not believe it would end with Ribby killing Osburn.
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Charging documents say Thomas Ribby gave the Glock to Osburn so he could play earlier in the evening.
A witness allegedly “observed the victim playing with the firearm and pretended to empty the coins,” the documents state.
After Thomas Ribby allegedly shot the teen, Osburn went to his mother, Melissa Ribby’s house, “came into her room holding his chest and said ‘daddy shot me’.”
Melissa Ribby said: “My baby died in my arms.”
Thomas Ribby locked himself in his apartment once police arrived, according to the report.
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“I don’t even want to see him. He’s not my father. He’s not my father at all. I don’t ever want to talk to him again. And I don’t care if he burns in hell. I don’t I don’t want to see it. I don’t care,” Melissa Ribby said. “He should never have done that to a child. My child deserved more than that. If he wanted to kill someone, turn around and do it yourself. I’m sorry. That’s what I feel.”
Osburn’s family said the teen dreamed of one day becoming a police officer.
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The grandfather is being held at the Henry County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond. He is charged with first-degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest.