Parents charged after girl finds gun in closet, wounds self

Posted at 9:16 AM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 09:34:55-04

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan parents are facing charges after one of their 4-year-old twin daughters shot and wounded herself with a loaded handgun she found in a closet.

The Genesee County prosecutor’s office says 32-year-old Eric Brown and 31-year-old Alicia Brown were at home in Flint at the time of Monday’s shooting. The bullet struck the girl’s left index finger, which authorities say had to be amputated due to the wound.

The Browns are each charged with second-degree child abuse, obstruction of justice and lying to police during the investigation. Court records Friday morning didn’t list lawyers for them.

Investigators say they routinely kept handguns and rifles in the same closet where children’s toys were kept. Prosecutor David Leyton says in a statement that it’s a “terrible, tragic and preventable incident.”