Assault charge filed in accidental shooting of 4-year-old KC boy

07/15/2014 2:27 PM

07/15/2014 2:27 PM

Jackson County prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 22-year-old Kansas City man with assault in connection with the accidental shooting of a 4-year-old boy on Monday in the 6000 block of Blue Hills Road.

According to court records:

Before the shooting, a woman allegedly took the gun away from her boyfriend because she feared he was going to “do something stupid.”

She allegedly handed the gun to Delaney R. Singleton, who was visiting the apartment. Later, as he handled the gun, it fired. A bullet crashed through a bathroom door into a bedroom and struck a 4-year-old boy in the lower back near his spine. The boy began yelling and crying.

Asked what happen, Singleton allegedly told witnesses, “I don’t know. It fell on the floor and went off.”

Later, when talking to detectives, Singleton said that he had been trying to “clear the gun” when it went off.

Prosecutors charged Singleton with second-degree assault.

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