Teenager accused of shooting sister in the eye with a BB gun

NORTH VERNON — A 15-year-old has been detained after being accused of shooting his sister in the eye with a BB gun.

North Vernon Police officers were sent to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital at 10:34 p.m. Friday after a 10-year-old girl arrived in the emergency room with a BB gun injury to her left eye.

Police said officers interviewed the victim and other members of the family and learned the victim’s 15-year-old brother shot his sister in the eye.

The 15 year old suspect told officers that his younger sister had been bugging him, police said. He intended on scaring her by firing a BB into the wall, however when he shot in her direction, he struck her in the face, police said.

Officers contacted a Juvenile Probation Officer who recommended the 15-year-old be detained on preliminary charges of battery with serious bodily injury, a level 4 felony, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a level 3 felony and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, a level 6 felony, police said.  The 15-year old suspect was transported to the Jackson County Juvenile detection facility.

The 15 year old suspect is currently on probation for felony intimidation, police said.

 

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