Boy shoots caregiver (Photo: WAFB)
Clinton, Louisiana-- Monday, investigators said an 8-year-old boy suspected of
fatally shooting his 90-year-old caregiver, last week, may have been playing a video game minutes before he got a gun and fired it into the
back of her head.
According to CBS affiliate WAFB, East
Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office officials say they believe the boy
intentionally pulled the trigger that killed after playing "Grand Theft
Although authorities believe there was criminal intent, the child will not be charged, according to the station.
homicide reportedly happened at a mobile home near Slaughter, La.,
about 20 miles north of Baton Rouge, at around 5 p.m. August 21. Police
say they found the victim with a single gunshot to the back of the head
from a Colt .38-caliber revolver. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
said the child initially told investigators that he accidentally shot
the woman while playing with a gun, but they now believe he
intentionally shot her.
According to a release from the
Sheriff's office, relatives and friends of the victim said the child and
the woman had a "normal, loving relationship."
Police released the unidentified 8-year-old to his parents Thursday night.
Authorities told the station that Louisiana law prohibits them from charging the child because of his age.
Louisiana law referred to in the case states,"Those who have not
reached the age of 10 years are exempt from criminal responsibility.
However, nothing in this article shall affect the jurisdiction of
juvenile courts as established by the constitution and statutes of this