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12-year-old boy in Akron shot while kids at home alone played with gun; mother charged

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Posted at 9:23 AM, Jun 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-08 11:35:19-04

AKRON, Ohio — A mother has been charged with felony child endangering after her 12-year-old son was struck with a bullet while playing with a gun at home on Monday night, according to Lt. Michael Miller of the Akron Police Department.

Three kids were alone at approximately 8:30 p.m. at a home in the 800 block of McKinley Avenue in Akron. They were playing with an unsecured gun inside the home when a shot was fired and a 12-year-boy was hit in the chest and arm, police said.

The boy was transported to Akron Children’s General Hospital where his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Police said at this time it’s not clear if the boy shot himself or if one of the other kids pulled the trigger.

The gun was found at the scene. Police said no one else was injured.

The boy’s 30-year-old mother has been charged with child endangering, a third-degree felony.

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