A woman has been charged after her six-year-old son accidentally shot and fatally injured his younger brother, aged four, in their home in New Jersey.
The boy was playing with his mother’s loaded gun when he accidentally shot the younger child in the head.
The shooting occurred Saturday around 11:15am at a Norman Street residence in East Orange, according to CBS New York.
The child was taken to University Hospital in Newark for emergency surgery, but was pronounced dead about three hours later.
The boys’ mother, 22-year-old Itiyanah Spruill, was arrested later on Saturday and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and a weapons violation. She is currently being held on $310,000 bail at Essex County Jail.
A city spokesperson confirmed the gun belonged to the children’s mother and that she was home at the time of the shooting, according to NBC New York, although how the child accessed the weapon was not immediately clear.