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Boy, 11, charged in fatal shooting of 3-year-old in Detroit
By Associated Press
Published August 13, 2015
Prosecutors have charged an 11-year-old boy in the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy at a home on Detroit's east side. The victim was identified by his family as Elijah Walker. Walker was shot in the face and died instantly, according to Detroit news reports (photo courtesy of Walker’s family)

Prosecutors have charged an 11-year-old boy in the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy at a home on Detroit’s east side. The victim was identified by his family as Elijah Walker. Walker was shot in the face and died instantly, according to Detroit news reports (photo courtesy of Walker’s family)

Prosecutors have charged an 11-year-old boy in the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy at a home on Detroit’s east side.

The 11-year-old appeared on August 5 in juvenile court on charges of manslaughter with a weapon aimed with intent but without malice, as well as using a firearm during a felony. His name has not been released because he is not being charged as an adult.

His attorney asked for a competency hearing during the appearance, for which the boy’s parents were in attendance. Bond was set at $5,000 and a pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Aug. 10.

“I cannot remember a time where we have charged someone so young with taking a life,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “Very unfortunately and very tragically, the alleged facts in this case demanded it.”

The older boy took a handgun from a bedroom closet at his father’s home Monday afternoon and tossed it from a window into the backyard, according to Worthy’s office. He later retrieved the gun and climbed into a car parked in the yard. The 3-year-old got into the car and was shot once in the face.

The shooting remains under investigation. Authorities were attempting to determine if the boys were related, police said.

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