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