A Kentucky parent has been charged with manslaughter after a child killed his younger brother

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They were the parents of a 3-year-old little boy who shot and killed his 2-year-old brother He was charged with manslaughterKentucky authorities said.

“This was largely avoidable,” he said. Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders During a press conference discussing the shooting. “The cause of death by gunfire is that two adults left a loaded handgun in the chamber within reach of a three-year-old child whom they did not supervise.”

The mother, Selena Farrell, 23, was arraigned Friday on second-degree manslaughter and other charges, according to court records. The children’s father, 21-year-old Tashaun Adams, was arrested on a charge of second-degree manslaughter. Sanders said he has not yet been summoned.

The boy was two years old Deadly shot Monday afternoon at an apartment in northern Kentucky. The police said they He arrived home At around 12:45 pm local time, they took the child to the hospital where he later died.

Covington police said the mother fled the scene before law enforcement arrived, local media outlet WKRC reported mentionedShe never attended the hospital where her son, Khalil Adams, died.

Farrell told investigators she ran away because she “didn’t want to be held in prison” and “maybe miss her baby’s funeral,” Sanders said, though she escaped while the baby was still alive. The parents told investigators they had the loaded gun “for protection,” adding that the family lived in a one-bedroom apartment with one other person, sleeping on a floor mattress while the younger children slept on the couch.

U.S. Marshals found Farrell hiding in a hotel room in Florence, Kentucky, and brought her in on an outstanding probation warrant related to a previous felony conviction, Sanders said. She was with the children’s father and another person with no apparent familial relationship to the parents, Sanders said. He added that the authorities arrested the three.

Farrell purchased the gun from a federally licensed gun dealer, Sanders said.

The surviving 3-year-old did not suffer any physical injuries, Sanders said. Adams is being held in the Boone County Jail, according to jail records, while Farrell is being held at the Kenton County Detention Center in Covington, Kentucky.

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Hundreds of children They were killed while playing with weapons Over the past two decades, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released in December. The majority of these deaths occurred while children were playing in an apartment or house, and more than 50% of the deaths were in the child’s home.

“Parents need to do a much better job of supervising their children so we don’t have kids with guns,” Sanders said. “It’s not the law that’s the problem, it’s the parenting.”

Gun control advocates disagree. a 2023 report A release from Everytown For Gun Safety says safe storage procedures and laws can help reduce unintentional shootings in America. At the beginning of 2024, 26 states had some form of safe gun storage or child access laws. For children aged zero to five years, more than half died from gunshot wounds, and more than half of the children accidentally killed by someone else were under 10 years old.

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