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Texas Toddler Braison Howard, 3, Accidentally Shot Dead by 8-Year-Old Cousin

March 11, 2014 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 2 Comments

Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Braison HowardA Texas toddler is dead after being accidentally shot by his shotgun-wielding cousin.

Braison Howard, 3, of Nacogdoches, was playing with his 8-year-old cousin Tristan Howard on Monday at his family’s home in Eureka, Navarro County when the older boy picked up and loaded a 20-gauge shotgun before accidentally blasting the younger child in the head. Fox Dallas-Fort Worth reports Braison was trying to wrest control of the gun back from Tristan when it accidentally discharged. Braison was pronounced dead at the scene.

“By all accounts, this is just a tragic accident,” Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner told WFAA.

At least three adults were home at the time of the shooting. Investigators are still piecing together what happened on that tragic day; it is not yet known whether anyone will face charges in connection with the fatal shooting. Under Texas law, children under the age of 10 cannot be charged with a crime, Tanner said.

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2 Comments

  1. Cookie TuckerMarch 11, 2014 at 5:40 pmReply

    Mom sure doesn’t seem very upset?

  2. kandaceMarch 25, 2014 at 12:40 pmReply

    Really?? “Mom sure doesn’t seem upset?” How could you possibly tell anything about my emotions from that video?? You can keep your opinions to yourself because your opinion is wrong. It’s been 15 days since I lost my baby boy and it’s just getting harder and harder. So until you lose your baby and have cameras and questions thrown in your face, you have no say in how I look/sound.

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