Husband pleas guilty, wife to stand trial in home daycare shooting case

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Timothy Eubanks, 33, pled guilty June 11 to six charges of second-degree child abuse for the toddler shooting that took place at his home daycare in September 2017.

The same day a jury trial was scheduled to begin, he appeared in court where a guilty plea was accepted by Third Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Hathaway.

A sentencing is set for 9 a.m. July 10 in front of Hathaway for Eubanks who could face 10 years in prison for each child abuse charge.

His wife, Samantha Eubanks, also faces six charges of second-degree child abuse along with two counts of felony firearm. Samantha’s jury trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. July 16 in front of Hathaway.

The Eubanks own the house in the 3600 block of Harding where their 3-year-old son shot two other 3-year-old boys on Sept. 27.

Samantha Eubanks was watching six children ages four months to 3 years inside the house, including her own.

The unsecured handguns were in the upstairs bedroom where the Eubanks’ son gained access, police said. Other weapons in addition to the gun were recovered by police.

According to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the house was not licensed as a home daycare when the shooting occurred.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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