Man charged with neglect after young son fires rifle, killing 13-year-old boy

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GREENSBURG, Ind. (March 21, 2014)—The father of a 6-year-old boy who fired a gunshot that fatally struck his 13-year-old half-brother has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Jason Forshee, 34, was taken into custody on charges of Neglect of a Dependent Child Resulting in Death, a Class A felony, and Dangerous Control of a Child, a Class C felony.

On March 11, Greensburg police responded to a house in the 1000 block of North Carver Street in reference to a person shot. When officers arrived, they located 13-year-old Craig Roberts suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Forshee said he set his rifle on a table in the living room in order to clean it. He told authorities he removed the magazine, but he did not realize there was still a bullet in the chamber.  He said he left the firearm unattended for just 10-15 seconds when he heard a “pop,” stated court documents.  During that time, Forshee’s 6-year-old son fired the weapon, striking Roberts.

“We reviewed this investigation thoroughly and discussed our findings and opinions with Craig’s surviving parents,” said Prosecutor Jim Rosenberry. “We believe that Craig’s tragic death deserves justice.”

Police said Forshee lived in the home with his girlfriend, Amy Roberts. They share two children together. Craig was Amy’s son.

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