Mother charged after 6-year-old accidentally shoots, kills 4-year-old brother while playing with gun

The New Jersey family of a six-year-old boy who fatally shot his four-year-old brother in the head while playing with a gun has started a fundraiser to help pay for funeral costs as their mother is now facing charges.

GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $15,000 was created on Sunday by Shirele Richardson, the aunt of the boys.

‘I hope to raise as much as I can to help the family with burial expenses,’ Richardson told NJ.com.

Itiyanah Spruill, 22, was arrested after her six-year-old son fatally shot his brother while playing with her gun   Four-year-old Christopher died after being accidentally shot in the head

Four-year-old Christopher was rushed to University Hospital (pictured) in Newark where he died around 4.30pm from his injuries

The two children were playing at a halfway home their mother, Itiyanah Spruill, 22, was staying at around 11am in East Orange, New Jersey, on Saturday when the accident occurred.

The older boy was playing with her gun when he accidentally shot the younger boy, named Christopher, in the head.

The four-year-old was rushed to University Hospital in Newark, but he died around 4.30pm.

Spruill was with the boys at the time of the tragic accident.

Authorities arrested her following the death of her son and charged her with endangering the welfare of a child and a weapons violation.

Her bail was set at $310,000 and she has yet to be arraigned.

Spurill allegedly did not have custody of her two children.

Instead, they lived with their grandmother in Union County.

Spurill was enrolled in a mental health program and in the process of earning her GED, Pix11 reported.

Locals say Spurill had lived on the block for tens days and was due to move into her own apartment in another ten days.

The gun used in the accident belonged to the Spruill, but it is still unclear how the boy got a hold of the weapon.

According to The New York Times, Thomas S. Fennelly, chief assistant prosecutor, said that the shooting appeared to have been accidental.

He also said that they are investigating the legal ownership of the gun.

Fennelly added that the older boy was released into the custody of a family member.

Source: The DailyMail

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