CMHU: 1-year-old killed in accidental shooting by 4-year-old sibling
A one-year-old child was killed when his 4-year-old sibling accidentally discharged a firearm, according to the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit.
The autopsy on 1-year-old Javion Sexton, was conducted on Friday. His cause of death was gunshot wound. His manner of death was listed as accidental.
South Bend Police were called to the 600 block of Leland Avenue to investigate a shooting.
By the time police arrived, the victim had already been transported to the hospital by a family member, reports said.
A woman who said she was the mother of the 4-year-old, Angelnica Moore, approached our crew at the scene on Thursday.
"My son is not a killer, he's very playful he's lovable, he will love on anybody he will love on a stranger and it's just confusing me on how this who situation went about," Moore said.
Moore says she left her son with the boy's father at the house on Leland for a week.
She said she didn't find out about the deadly shooting until six hours after it happened - when she finally talked to the dad.
"He told me he doesn't know where the gun came from but the gun's in your home, in your closet, in your bedroom," Moore said. "You weren't even paying attention to your kids to see what was going on. You ran you for a split second and you come home and now all this has happened."
Moore says her 4-year-old son is in Child Protective Services custody.
Moore wants her 4-year-old to know she still loves him.
"I still love you with everything in me. There's nothing that nobody is saying that's going to make me stop loving you," Moore said.
The investigation is ongoing.