Grandmother arrested after 3-year-old accidentally shot and killed

Police arrested a grandmother in the shooting death of a toddler who was sleeping in bed at a home in New Orleans East.

NEW ORLEANS -- A 3-year-old boy was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in New Orleans East after his grandmother's gun discharged under the pillow where the two were sleeping.

New Orleans Police investigators say the 42-year-old grandmother is employed as a security guard, and the gun discharged hitting the child in the chest. 

Deonca Kennedy was later arrested by police after questioning. She was booked with negligent homicide, second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and child desertion, according to the NOPD.

Around 2:15 a.m., police were called to a home in eastern New Orleans in the 5600 block of Red Maple Drive. The child was taken to the hospital by EMS, but later died. 

"He was your average three-year-old boy," said a neighbor. "He was just happy... He was good little boy."

Kennedy was the only other individual inside of the home at the time of the incident, police said. 

Detectives took Kennedy to NOPD Headquarters for questioning, but she refused to give a statement or cooperate with detectives.

WWL-TV legal analyst 'Chick' Foret said that Kennedy and those representing her have some questions to answer.

"Was there something going on in the household? Was there something going on in the neighborhood? Why did she see it necessary to sleep with a gun under her pillow? She did not give a statement to law enforcement. I think given the information that we have, that it was probably the right decision."

Kennedy was being held without bond and was in medical custody and the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office. 







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