In East Orange, New Jersey on Saturday at around 11am, a 4 year-old boy was shot in his head by his older brother while he was playing with this mothers gun. Authorities have arrested Itiyanah Spruill, age 22 with endangerment welfare of a child and unlawful possession of weapon violation in related to her son’s death. Spruill has a number of run ins with the law regarding gun possession and is not the guardian of her children. Reportedly Spruill was moving into another apartment soon, but obviously not soon enough. The children were in the grandmothers custody and Itiyanah Spruill was reportedly home at the time of the shooting.
The wounded 4-year-old boy was rushed to University Hospital in Newark where he was later pronounced dead after undergoing emergency surgery. The brother who shot the 4-year-old has reportedly been released to a family member. Neighbors are in outrage and can’t understand why the children were able to access the pistol. One neighbor said “If you have a gun, it should be in a lock box.” So terrible this happens almost everyday in urban areas. With the mother Itiyanah not having custody of her children and being only 22 with a record like that it is a shame her child had the casualty of that tragedy.