Milwaukee grandmother charged in “accidental shooting” of grandson

MILWAUKEE – A Milwaukee grandmother is now charged after her grandson accidentally shot himself in the head. The four-year-old survived.

On the evening of March 19, police arrived near 45th and Chambers. Inside they found a 4-year-old boy shot with a bullet hole in his forehead.

He was rushed to the hospital.

Police say a group of children may have been playing with a gun, when it turned tragic.

“It’s sad that this even happened,” said community activist Tracey Dent.

According to a criminal complaint, police found a small black revolver on the bed, near the boy.

Authorities say the gun belongs to the 4-year-old’s grandmother Renee Smith. She reportedly told authorities she was holding the weapon for someone else and kept it in a shoebox underneath the bed.

A man later admitted to authorities he sold the gun to Smith months earlier.

She has now been charged with unlawfully leaving a loaded firearm near a child.

A woman claiming to be Smith would not speak to FOX’s Ashley Sears on camera, but said she was unaware of any charges.

“The grandmother is just overwhelmed right now,” said Dent.

Community activist Tracey Dent says Smith is focusing on her grandson’s health.

“It’s just something you never thought would happen, did happen. That’s why it’s important, we learn from this,” said Dent.

A painful incident, wounding a child, and overwhelming a family.

“It could’ve been prevented, like I said, accidents happen,” said Dent.

The boy is doing well.

If convicted, Smith could get nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines.

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