- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on the shooting of a 9-year-old Phoenix boy (all times local):

6:34 p.m.

Authorities say a 9-year-old Phoenix boy who was shot in the head by his 2-year-old brother has died from his injury.

Police spokesman Sgt. Vince Lewis says investigators are examining whether to bring additional charges against the parents of 9-year-old Landen Lavarnia.

Police say the child’s mother, 28-year-old Wendy Lavarnia, previously let the younger boy practice pulling the trigger of the weapon when it was unloaded.

Lewis says the mother placed her loaded gun on a bed within reach of her 2-year-old son while she turned to get a holster and that the young boy shot the 9-year-old.

Police said Monday night that the 9-year-old had died, but corrected that information Tuesday morning to say he remained on life support.

Lewis says the boy was pronounced dead late Tuesday afternoon.

5:06 p.m.

Authorities say the father of a 9-year-old boy who was shot by his 2-year-old brother was barred from possessing guns because he had convictions for theft and possessing burglary tools.

Kansas Lavarnia was arriving home Monday as police were investigating the shooting.

He was arrested suspicion of misconduct with a weapon for being a prohibited possessor with a gun in the family home.

Authorities say he knew there was a gun in his home.

A court commissioner who ordered him released on his own recognizance says Lavarnia isn’t accused of directly causing harm in the shooting.

Investigators say the boys’ mother, Wendy Lavarnia, placed her loaded gun on a bed within reach of her 2-year-old son while she turned to get a holster and that the 2-year-old shot her 9-year-old.

1:55 p.m.

Phoenix police say a mother arrested after her 2-year-old son picked up her loaded handgun and shot his 9-year-old brother told police she previously allowed the 2-year-old to practice pulling the trigger of the gun when it was unloaded.

The brief police statement about what 28-year-old Wendy Lavarnia reportedly said Monday about her 2-year-old son previously handling the gun is included in a probable cause statement filed with court officials for her initial court appearance.

Police said the wounded 9-year-old boy remained on life support Tuesday.

The police statement said Lavarnia told police she placed a loaded gun on a bed near her 2-year-old and 4-year-old sons as she turned to get a holster and that the 2-year-old shot her 9-year-old son who was nearby in the room.

Lavarnia was arrested and jailed on suspicion of four counts of child abuse for allegedly endangering her children, who include the three boys and a 1-year-old daughter who also was in the home.

8:55 a.m.

Phoenix police say a mother and father have been arrested following the shooting of their 9-year-old son, who police say remains on life support.

Sgt. Vince Lewis says 28-year-old Wendy Lavarnia told police she placed a loaded gun on a bed within reach of two of her young children while she turned to get a holster and that a 2-year-old shot the 9-year-old.

Lewis says Lavarnia was arrested on suspicion of four counts of child abuse for allegedly endangering her children.

Lewis says 31-year-old Kansas Lavarnia arrived home as police investigated the shooting and was arrested on suspicion of being a prohibited possessor of a firearm.

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8:10 a.m.

Phoenix police say a 9-year-old boy is on life support after being shot at his home.

Police initially said the boy had died as a result of being shot Monday afternoon but corrected that information Tuesday morning to say he was on life support.

Police said three other children and the boy’s mother also were at the home when the boy was shot.

Sgt. Vince Lewis said the boy’s father arrived home as police began their investigation and that he was detained for questioning about the gun in the home.

The shooting occurred near North 35th Avenue and West Cactus Road.

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This story has been corrected to reflect police said initially that the boy had died but later said he remained on life support.


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