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Cops say teen shot and killed 23-month-old child he was babysitting while unloading his gun

Source: Unsplash; Winston-Salem police

Sep. 8 2021, Published 3:49 p.m. ET

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A teenager has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after a child he was babysitting was shot and killed.

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Around 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, officers from Winston-Salem, North Carolina police responded to a reported shooting on Martindale Road, according to FOX 8.

When police arrived, officers didn’t find anyone but learned the victim was taken to the hospital by car, FOX 8 reported.

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Officers saw the car on the highway and called for Forsyth County Emergency Services, who took the victim to a local hospital, according to FOX 8.


The child, identified as 23-month-old Deon Stover, died at the hospital, FOX 8 reported.

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Police learned that Rico Smith, 19, and his girlfriend were babysitting Deon at a home at the time of the shooting, according to FOX 8.

Smith was allegedly trying to unload a handgun when he fired it and hit Deon, FOX 8 reported.

Smith is charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to FOX 8. He turned himself in this week and received a $15,000 bond.


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