Mother charged after 6-year-old son accidentally kills younger brother

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Mother Charged After 6-Year-Old Son Accidentally Kills Younger Brother

A 6-year-old boy in New Jersey accidentally shot and killed his 4-year-old brother while playing with his mother's gun.

The boy's mother, Itiyanah Spruill, was arrested Saturday afternoon hours after the incident. Investigators have confirmed the shooting was an accident but said Spruill was home at the time.

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The younger brother was rushed to a local hospital for emergency surgery but died of his injuries.
Spruill has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and a weapons violation and is being held on $310,000 bail.

New Jersey law requires all adults who have guns in homes with minors to store their firearms in locked boxes or disable the guns with trigger locks.

Two women told NJ.com that the two boys didn't usually live in their mother's home and that the older brother is in his grandmother's custody.

"Perhaps it's an accidental shooting, but my question is, how was the gun in the house at all?" a neighbor told WNBC.

Police are now investigating how the 6-year-old was able to get his hands on the gun.

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John Wayne Gacy, a rapist and serial killer responsible for the sexual assaults and murders of at least 33 men, was executed in Illinois on May 10, 1994. 

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Ted Bundy, a kidnapper, rapist, and serial killer responsible for the assaults and murders of dozens of young women, was executed in in Florida on January 24, 1989. His actual victim count remains unknown.

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Aileen Wuornos, a serial killer responsible for the deaths of seven men, was executed in Florida on October 9, 2002. 

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Charles Starkweather, a spree killer responsible for eleven murders, was executed in Nebraska on June 25, 1959. 

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Timothy McVeigh, responsble for the Oklahoma City bombing, was executed in Indiana on June 11, 2001.

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Thomas Provenzano, a convicted murderer responsible for shooting three people, was executed in Florida on June 21, 2000.

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Stanley "Tookie" Williams, founder and leader of the Crips gang responsible for several murders and other crimes, was executed in California on December 13, 2005.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, responsible for Boston Marathon bombing, was sentenced to death on May 15, 2015.

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Nidal Malik Hasan, responsible for Ford Hood shooting, was sentenced to death on August 28, 2013.

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