Felony charges dropped in Taylor boy’s death

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – The father of an 11-year-old boy accused in the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old Taylor child will be charged on the single count of having altered identification marks on the weapon.

Curry Bryson, 41, had been arraigned on felony charges that included involuntary manslaughter, felony firearm and second-degree child abuse. Those counts were dismissed Tuesday by 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles.

According to Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller, submitted evidence and arguments did not support charges that Curry had not properly secured a weapon in his Detroit residence that had been found by his 11-year-old son on Monday, Aug. 3. The boy had thrown the handgun out a second-floor bedroom window in the 16000 block of Eastwood Street, and retrieved it to play with inside a vehicle parked in the yard.

The boy had been joined in the vehicle by a visiting 3-year-old Taylor boy, Elijah Walker. The gun discharged and Elijah was soon pronounced dead from the single gunshot injury.

The 11-year-old has been charged in juvenile court with manslaughter. A pre-trial is pending in the court’s family and juvenile division.

Bryson was bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court on the weapons-altering charge.
(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)