Boy, 6, shot after cousin mistakes gun in home for toy; parents arrested

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DELAWARE COUNTY (June 20, 2014) – A 6-year-old boy was hurt and needed surgery after his cousin mistook a gun for a toy and shot him, police said.

According to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, the shooting happened Thursday in the 400 block of West Charles Street. Police were alerted to the incident after the boy arrived at IU Ball Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound in the groin.

The boy’s parents told police that the boy’s 15-year-old cousin found a gun in an alley and it went off, hitting the boy. Police questioned the story and discovered the cousin found the gun inside the home, thought it was a toy and played with it before it went off and shot the 6-year-old.

The boy was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health for surgery. Investigators said his injuries were not life threatening.

They arrested the boy’s parents–Lamotta Wolfe-Roundtree, 34, and Elisha Wolfe, 35, on charges of obstruction of justice, criminal recklessness with deadly weapon and neglect of a dependent.