Sunday, April 6 2014 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 2-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his 11-Updated: year-old sister while they and their siblings played with a gun inside a Philadelphia home, police said Sunday. Jamara Stevens was fatally shot Saturday morning with a gun that police believe was brought into the home by the mother’s boyfriend a few hours earlier.
The mother was home with her four children in a master bedroom, Lt. John Walker said.
Police say the shooting occurred when she left the room at about 10 a.m. to use the bathroom.
The 2-year-old pointed the loaded, cocked gun in the direction of his sister and the gun discharged, according to investigators.
Jamara was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, but died about a half-hour later, police said. The girl’s mother was at the hospital, Walker said. “She was distraught,” Walker said.
The little boy was found with a burn and traces of gun powder on his arm.
Tiffany Goldwire, Jamara’s mother, was in the home with her four children, ages 14, 11, 7 and 2, the station reported.
Police believe the mother’s boyfriend had brought the gun to the house and stashed it on top of a refrigerator, but later, police states the gun was left with the children in the room when she went to the bathroom, It’s not immediately clear who brought it to the bedroom.
Homicide detectives are investigating and will forward information to the district attorney’s office, police said. No charges have been filed. Police did not immediately return a message Sunday for an update.
The ASK Campaign was launched in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics with the goal of encouraging parents to ask if there are guns where their children play (i.e. the homes of friends and relatives).
The ASK Campaign includes television and radio public service announcements and collateral materials that inform parents and inspire them to ask about the presence of firearms in the homes where their children play. If the answer is yes, then parents are encouraged to make sure they are stored securely in a place that is inaccessible to children. Community-based ASK Campaigns have been implemented in Rockford, IL and in Portland, OR.
The ASK Campaign is also observed nationally on National ASK Day, June 21 of each year. In 2011 a major ASK Day event was held in Miami, Florida in response to the recently passed ban on physicians asking their patients about the presence firearms in the home. The event encouraged parents to ask themselves, since physicians were restricted in their ability to do so. (Wikipedia)
Toddler kills 11 year old girl, Jamara Stevens Fatally with Gun.