Grandmother Charged After Gun Goes Off Under Pillow And Kills 3-Year-Old Grandson: Cops

Grandmother Charged After Gun Goes Off Under Pillow And Kills 3-Year-Old Grandson: Cops (Orleans Parish Prison)

A New Orleans grandmother faces charges including negligent homicide after police say a gun discharged in her bed, killing her three-year-old grandson as he slept.

Deonca Kennedy was sleeping alongside the boy when the gun went off under her pillow early Wednesday morning, police say.

The boy was hit in the chest and rushed to the hospital, where he died, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

According to police, Kennedy, who works as a security guard, was the only person home with the boy at the time of the shooting.

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Online police records indicate she was booked on negligent homicide of a victim under age 10, child desertion and second degree cruelty to juveniles.

Another three-year-old, this one in North Carolina, accidentally shot himself while inside a convenience store, police said earlier this month.

The child, identified as Manal Abdelziz, shot himself with a handgun that was kept behind the counter of a convenience store in Lumberton that his father owns around 11 a.m. Jan. 10, cops said.

When the child’s 56-year-old father, also named Manal Abdelziz, saw that his son had been shot, he immediately called police to the Brother's Minit Shop on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, according to officials.

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Emergency responders rushed little Manal to a nearby hospital, but he could not be saved.

Police declined to comment on where he fatally wounded himself.

"I'd rather not say, because it is pretty graphic, so I'd rather leave that out," LPD Capt. Terry Parker told WTVD.

From December 2012 to December 2013, at least 100 children were killed in unintentional shootings, according to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, an independent, non-partisan organization that describes itself as being "dedicated to understanding and reducing gun violence in America."

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