- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska prosecutors charged a 9-year-old boy with juvenile manslaughter for fatally shooting his 4-year-old brother in the head with a .22-caliber rifle.

The boy, whose name was not released, has been taken from his family’s home in Hastings, about 170 miles southwest of Omaha, and placed in state care. The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of a crime.

Hastings television station KHAS (http://bit.ly/1kc7CJx ) said authorities accused the boy Thursday of firing a .22-caliber rifle bullet that struck his 4-year-old brother in the head the morning of April 18. The younger boy was pronounced dead later at a local hospital. Other family members were home when the shot was fired.

Authorities say the rifle is owned by the boyfriend of the victim’s mother. Neither adult has been charged.

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Information from: KHAS-TV, http://www.khastv.com

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