Grandma charged in death of boy, 4

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The grandmother of a 4-year-old boy who was fatally shot in July by a 5-year-old family member was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury.

Pamela Easterly, 52, of Fairgreen Avenue, was charged Thursday with third-degree felony child endangering for allowing the two boys to be in a room with three accessible guns.

Ray-twon Briggs, 4, died after he was shot in his head on July 8, the Mahoning County coroner ruled.

Easterly told police at the time the boy was playing with one of the guns and fatally shot himself through the head while a 1-year-old was also inside the room that belonged to Easterly’s 26-year-old son.

Prosecutors said Easterly told the kids to go into the room and play video games. The 5-year-old picked up the gun, shot the other boy and put the gun back, prosecutors said.

Easterly discovered the shooting and called 911. She pleaded for help while children scream in the background during the call.

Officers noted finding two guns in the room and a third with a bullet casing under a bed. Gunshot residue tests were performed on everyone at the home.

Police also found what they described as drug paraphernalia inside the home but are unsure who it belonged to.

The boy’s mother and father were not at the home at the time of the shooting and showed up later, reports said.

Investigators said the shooting was accidental.

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