Just how stupid do you have to be to give your five year old kid a .22 caliber rifle as a gift?
A 5-year-old boy who was playing with a .22-caliber rifle accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister in Cumberland County on Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the state police.
The shooting happened just after 1 p.m. at a home on Lawson’s Bottom Road.
The 2-year-old was taken to Cumberland County Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday.
Cumberland County Coroner Gary White identified the girl as Caroline Sparks.
He said the children’s mother was at home when the shooting occurred, and the gun was a gift the boy received last year.
“It’s a Crickett,” he said. “It’s a little rifle for a kid. …The little boy’s used to shooting the little gun.”
White said the gun was kept in a corner, and the family did not realize a shell had been left in it.
He said the shooting will be ruled accidental.
“Just one of those crazy accidents,” White said.
Accidental? I don’t think so. This was no accident. At the very least, these parents should be charged with child endangerment and this kid and any others they may have permanently removed from their care. In an ideal world, they would be charged with capital murder.
The worst part of it all is that this kid is going to have to live with the fact that he killed his two year old sister for the rest of his life.