By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – The shooting death Aug. 3 of a 3-year-old Taylor boy who had initially been reported as accidental instead resulted in manslaughter charges filed Wednesday against an 11-year-old relative.
Elijah Walker was with his mother, visiting a house in the 16000 block of Eastwood Street in Detroit when he was shot by an 11-year-old, whose father was at the house.
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller said the juvenile suspect took a handgun from a bedroom closet and threw it into the backyard. He then put it in a vehicle that was parked in the yard. Elijah entered the same parked vehicle, where prosecutors said he was shot in the face.
Elijah was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement that the unnamed suspect will remain in the juvenile system and that the case remained under investigation. The owner of the weapon has not been identified publicly.
“I cannot remember a time when we have charged someone so young with taking a life,” Worthy said. “Very unfortunately and very tragically the alleged facts in this case demanded it.”
The 11-year-old was charged with manslaughter – death by weapon aimed with intent but without malice.
A crowd-sourcing page was established to help the Taylor family pay for the funeral: www.gofundme.com/6p8zz2ts6w.
(James Mitchell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)