- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A 12-year-old Western Michigan boy has been charged with careless discharge of a firearm causing death in the accidental shooting of a 28-year-old family friend.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1K4nfRI ) Tuesday that the misdemeanor charge was authorized by a court referee.

The boy is charged in juvenile court and currently lives with his grandfather. An Oct. 9 pretrial hearing is scheduled.

Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says penalties could range from fines and costs to placement in a juvenile facility.

Police have described the boy as mentally impaired. The grandfather has said his grandson removed a shotgun from a safe May 22 after finding the key.

The shotgun discharged and sent pellets through a wall, striking Deborah Christner as she slept.

The grandfather has said Christner was two months pregnant.


Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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