Police: Gun under pillow fires while guard sleeps, kills boy

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Posted: Jan 20, 2016 12:20 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have arrested a security guard in the death of her 3-year-old grandson, who apparently was shot when the gun under her pillow went off while they slept.

Officer Garry Flot says in a news release that the bullet hit the boy in the chest about 2:10 a.m. Wednesday. The child died at a nearby hospital.

Flot says 42-year-old Deonca Kennedy was arrested Wednesday on charges of negligent homicide, second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and child desertion.

Under state law, both desertion and second-degree cruelty charges can be based on criminal negligence. Negligent homicide carries up to five years in prison, and second-degree cruelty up to 40 years.

Flot says the investigation is continuing.

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This story has been corrected to show that the grandmother is 42, not 45.