Slaughter, LA Boy, 8, Shoots 87-Year-Old “current caregiver”

An 8-year-old boy intentionally shot and killed an 87-year-old woman at their home in Slaughter, La., authorities said Friday.

Marie Smothers was described only as the boy’s “current caregiver.” No other information was available on the relationship between the boy and Smothers, who police said was shot in the back of her head late Thursday afternoon as she watched television.

The boy, whose identity wasn’t released because he’s a juvenile, was released into the custody of his parents pending the investigation, the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Slaughter is a town of about 1,000 people near Baton Rouge, the state capital.

“Although the juvenile initially told investigators that he accidentally shot the victim while playing with a firearm, the investigation has led investigators to believe that the 8-year-old intentionally shot Mrs. Smothers in the back of the head as she sat in her living room watching television,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement.

Boy, 8, accused of intentionally killing 87-year-old woman in Louisiana. NBCNews.com, 8/23/2013.

Authorities say that Louisiana law prohibits them from charging the child with a crime because of his age.

The law states: “Those who have not reached the age of 10 years are exempt from criminal responsibility. However, nothing in this article shall affect the jurisdiction of juvenile courts as established by the constitution and statutes of this state.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Investigators believe 8-year-old intentionally killed 90-year-old woman. KPLCTV.com, 8/23/2013.

But this 8-year old is charged with murder, in AZ.

“Current caregiver”? Something is missing here.

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