Louisiana Man Accidentally Kills Teen Babysitter While Fixing His Gun

AP

A Louisiana man who was coming home to check on his children on Saturday night accidentally shot and killed the 13-year-old boy who was babysitting them, The Advocate newspaper reported on Monday.

Adonis Forbes, 25, was planning to stop at home briefly before heading back out for the evening, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely told the paper. But while there, he attempted to fix his gun and ended up accidentally firing it, McKneely said.

The shot struck the babysitter, Murrain Hawkins, in the abdomen, according to McKneely. The paper said when police arrived they found Forbes trying to care for Hawkins.

The teen was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital.

Forbes was reportedly charged with negligent homicide.

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