FLINT, MI – Two Flint parents have been charged with multiple felonies related to the accidental shooting of their 4-year-old daughter who lost a finger in the incident.
According to an investigation by the City of Flint Police Department, on Monday June 4th, 2018, Eric Brown, 32-years-old, and Alicia Brown, 31-years-old, were at home with their four children when one of their four-year-old twin daughters went into a closet apparently to get a toy. Instead, she grabbed a loaded gun that was being kept in the closet and it fired a round striking her in the finger.
The girl was taken to Hurley Medical Center where her left index finger had to be amputated as a result of the injury.
Eric Brown and Alicia Brown are each charged with second degree child abuse, obstruction of justice, and lying to a peace officer in a violent crime investigation. In addition, Eric Brown is charged with a fourth count, felony firearm.
According to investigative reports, the parents routinely kept multiple handguns and rifles in the closet with some of them loaded. Kids toys were also kept in the same closet according to information from the police reports and there was no gun safe in the house.
“This is a terrible, tragic, and preventable incident,” said Prosecutor David Leyton.
“When there are children present in a home where guns are kept, I cannot stress enough that parents must be extra careful and vigilant to ensure the safety of their children and others,” he said. “In this incident, it appears from what we know from the investigation that these two parents acted with almost no concern for their children’s safety when it came to firearms in the home and, as a result, they will be held accountable for their actions under the law,” he said.