Tragic Incident Reveals Shocking Details: Boy High on Cocaine Shoots Younger Brother
In a heartbreaking incident earlier this year, a five-year-old boy tragically shot his 16-month-old brother. However, what makes this case even more disturbing is the revelation that the five-year-old was high on cocaine at the time, while the deceased toddler tested positive for marijuana, according to prosecutors.
Unveiling the Shocking Truth
The incident occurred on March 28 when the five-year-old boy shot his younger brother in the head. Upon investigation, officers administered a drug test to the five-year-old, which came back positive for cocaine. Additionally, an autopsy of the deceased toddler revealed the presence of marijuana in his system.
Charges Against the Parents
The shocking details emerged as prosecutors unsealed charges against the children’s parents, Deonta Johnson, 27, and Shatia Welch, 24, of Lafayette, Indiana. The couple now faces three charges of child neglect and several drug charges.
A Disturbing Discovery
Following the tragic death of the child, police made a disturbing discovery. They found 93 pills of fentanyl within reach of the five-year-old boy, along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Furthermore, marijuana and a grinder were found inside Johnson’s car, indicating an attempt to hide the drugs.
Obstruction of Justice
Johnson, the father of the deceased 16-month-old, is also facing charges of obstruction of justice. He allegedly tried to clear the apartment of drugs before the police arrived. Johnson was the only other person present in the building at the time of the shooting.
According to officials, Johnson changed his story multiple times during questioning. He initially denied owning a gun and even denied that the victim had been shot at all. However, he later admitted that Welch, the children’s mother, owned the gun used by their older son to shoot his brother.
A Locked Box and Forgotten Safety Measures
Welch claimed that she always kept her gun in a locked box under her bed. However, she couldn’t recall if she had locked the safe when she put the gun away that weekend. Police found the gun on a dresser in the couple’s bedroom, contradicting Welch’s statement.
A Tragic Turn of Events
The couple was arrested in LaPorte, a city approximately 90 miles north of Lafayette. They were subsequently extradited to Lafayette on Tuesday afternoon.
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