NO CHARGES for Mom after little boy finds her gun & shoots himself in the head

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A child got a hold of his mother's gun and has been in the hospital since. The family learned this week that his mother will not be charged in the case.

At 106th and Heather Avenue -- the course of a young life, and the state of a Milwaukee family was drastically changed.

"Right now he's out the grave ... so that's good to hear," said Jane Triplett, the boy's grandmother.

Since May 3rd, three-year-old Kevin Donald has straddled the line between grave and critical condition.

"Surgery Monday. They had to rush him back into emergency surgery (Thursday)," said Triplett.

Triplett hopes and prays for improvement after the child shot himself in the head after he got his hands on his mother's gun -- stashed in a vehicle's glove compartment.

"She just got out the car, took the TV in her house. We didn't know our grandbaby played in the car," said Triplett.

Triplett says about two or three years ago, her daughter (the child's mother) was targeted in an incident that went unreported to police, but shook her daughters sense of security.

"Someone tried to carjack her and that's why she carries her gun with her," said Triplett.

Days after the shooting, former Milwaukee police officer and current Alderman, Robert Puente, issued a statement saying:"The boy's mother faces misdemeanor charges for leaving the gun unsecured and loaded in the vehicle. I now intend to push for felony charges in such cases."

"It shouldn't be pushed to no felony," said Triplett.

Triplett says the punishment is too severe for an incident like this.

This week, the boy's mother learned she will not face charges.

"That was a little burden up off her ... and like I said, accidents can happen," said Triplett.

Triplett didn't comment on the reasons given by the prosecutor's office for no charges in this case. Instead, she's focusing on her grandson's serious health battles.

"We suffering enough. We still suffering. We don't know the outcome of my grandbaby or anything," said Triplett.

FOX6 reached out to the District Attorney's Office for comment on this story, but they were unavailable.

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  • Mike Johnson

    sorry but charges should be filed. let a jury decide if shes guilty or not, tragic accidents like this happen but people need to be held liable for their actions.

  • diane

    There should be charges…neglect? Also who will shoulder the vast medical bills for this child? Taxpayers.? Was the gun registered?

    • Less Gossip More Action

      The nerves of some people. Clearly her weapon was registered otherwise i’m sure she would have been charged. It is possible that she do not have her CCW license to actually carry the weapon, which is why they were trying to press charges. However it’s not your buisness or mines to place judgement on this woman, I am sure their family is going through enough. If you want to do something pray for that this baby will survive and return to normal. Too many opinions being posted not enough facts. Don’t go around just judging communities, families, parenting styles etc when you are not active in the community(i.e. picking up trash, passing out flyers, simply doing something productive to benefit the people and places you are downing). Lets grow up people

  • cynic

    This was not an accident. It was negligence. She should be in jail. Same goes for the grandmother who left the gun under her bed a couple months ago, and whomever left the gun in their glove compartment last month. These people making irresponsible decisions resulting in the death/near-death of children need to be punished.

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