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Accidental Shooting of Cleveland 2-Year-old - Gun Owner Charged

Posted on the 15 May 2012 by Mikeb302000
Local Cleveland news reports
A two-year-old boy is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his head after a gun went off accidentally in a home on the city's east side.
Police say toddler Di'rico Washington is being treated at a hospital for head injuries. His baby sitter, 48-year-old Annette Jackson, is hospitalized in stable condition after the bullet struck her hand.
Jackson's son, 19-year-old Ernest Crawford, was arrested for felonious assault and is being held in the city jail.
Police tell The Plain Dealer that Jackson's son and three other people began arguing Sunday afternoon and that Jackson separated them. Inside Jackson's house, Crawford's gun fired accidentally, going through a wall and hitting his mother and the child.
What's your opinion? You don't think there's a disparity between your typical accident-prone white guy and the black folks in Cleveland, do you?
Felony charges sounds just right, but how many stories have we seen in which the whole thing is written off as an "accident?"
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