5-year-old boy shoots, kills 4-year-old brother; Mom arrested

Child endangering, weapons charges pending
Posted: 10:55 AM, Jun 27, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-27 13:51:23-04

A mother is in jail after her 5-year-old son accidentally shot and killed his 4-year-old brother when the two were playing with a gun on Saturday.

Itiyanah Spruill, 22, was arrested after the incident happened inside her New Jersey apartment on Saturday morning. According to the New York Times , Sprill was home when the shooting happened at about 11 a.m.

Spruill's older son was apparently playing with a gun when he shot his younger brother in the head.

The New Jersey Star-Ledger reported Spruill was arrested on charges related to child endangering and a weapon violation. She was being held Sunday on $310,000 bail, according to the Star-Ledger.

The older boy was reportedly taken to a family member's home to stay.

Clint Davis is a reporter for the Scripps National News Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.