Police: 4-year-old Ohio Boy Shoots Babysitter

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Jackson, Ohio (AP) -- Police say a 4-year-old boy in southern Ohio shot his babysitter because the sitter accidentally stepped on the child's foot.

Police say 18-year-old Nathan Beavers and several other teenagers were babysitting several young children in a mobile home in Jackson on Sunday when the shooting occurred.

Witnesses told police the 4-year-old retrieved the shotgun from a bedroom closet and shot Beavers. Police say the child was angry because Beavers accidentally stepped on his foot.

Beavers was hospitalized with minor pellet wounds to his arm and side.

Police say another teen was also injured with shotgun pellets.

Jackson County Sheriff John Shasteen says authorities are investigating the shooting. The child has not been charged.

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  • by VL on Jan 6, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    why the hell was the gun not locked up? anyone with brains knows not to have an unlocked gun in the house......
  • by JJ on Jan 6, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    Someone needs to teach this child the dangers and consequences of a gun before he reaches his teen years. Sad!
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