Police: Boy Shoots 8-Year-Old Brother In Head In Pa. Home

The mother of a 8-year-old boy who was shot in the head by his 6-year-old brother at their Pennsylvania home Sunday afternoon said she was asleep next to loaded firearms at the time of the shooting, according to court documents obtained by local ABC affiliate WHTM.

A loaded revolver and a loaded rifle were next to the bed in the bedroom where she was asleep, the mother told investigators.

Police determined the Shippensburg area home, strewn with trash, open food containers, and piles of dirt, was unfit for children, WHTM reported.

According to the affidavit, the mother appeared to be lethargic, and said she would consent to have her blood tested.

The 8-year-old gunshot victim was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and was said to be in critical condition, according to WHTM.

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