7-year-old boy charged after allegedly shooting father; parents face other charges

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – Prosecutors in Indiana say they have charged a child after he allegedly shot his father, and the boy’s parents are also facing charges.

According to WTHR, the 7-year-old boy fired a shot at his father when he was told he had to spend the weekend with him.

“He went into the room, got the gun, loaded it, went back into the room, pointed it at his father and pulled the trigger,” Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.

The bullet hit Charles Yancey in the wrist.

Prosecutors charged the boy with a juvenile delinquency charge, which is comparable to criminal recklessness in adult court. They say the charge was warranted because the boy admitted that he intentionally tried to shoot his father.

Officials also charged the boy’s parents with felony neglect charges, adding that the boy should have never been able to get the gun.

Their report also alleges that the conditions of the home were “deplorable.”