DETROIT — A judge on Friday ordered three adults to stand trial in the accidental shooting death of a 4-year-old Detroit boy by his cousin.
Patricia Johnson, 53; Harvey Witcher, 56; and 66-year-old Robert Richardson face involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Johnson and Richardson also face second-degree child abuse charges.
Authorities have said the adults live in the home where the 4-year-old girl picked up a loaded gun and shot, Jamel Witcher Jr., on Jan. 16.
Detroit police officer Johanna Todd testified Friday at their preliminary examinations that she was one of the officers called to the shooting scene, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Todd testified that she saw Jamel Witcher Jr.'s body on the floor of the home and asked the girl what happened.
The girl replied: "I shot Junior dead."
The children were playing together before the shooting in the home that belongs to their grandfather.
Officer Detrick Mott testified Friday that Johnson said she brought the gun into the home in December and put it in a closet in the room she shared with Harvey Witcher.
Another officer, Scott Shea, said Richardson told him he was watching the children while Johnson and Harvey Witcher ran errands.
Johnson, Witcher and Richardson face arraignment Feb. 21 in Wayne County Circuit Court.