DETROIT (WJBK) - Authorities have charged a Detroit woman in connection with the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy earlier this week.
Emarjae Watkins was hanging out with friends on a snow day when he was shot in the back and killed. Authorities say his friends were playing with their grandmother's loaded gun.
Lise Cox, 58, went to work on Monday, leaving her two teenage grandsons at the house. Prosecutor Kym Worthy alleges that Cox kept her handgun on the floor underneath the dresser in her bedroom, and that she knew both of her grandsons knew where the gun and ammunition was kept.
That afternoon, Emarjae came over to the house in the 4300 block of Tireman, where the 13- and the 15-year-old grandsons were. It is alleged that while Cox's 13-year-old grandson was playing with the gun, it discharged and fatally struck Emarjae in the back. Emarjae was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounce dead on arrival.
Grief counselors have been available at Sampson Webber Academy, where Emarjae attended.
Cox has been charged with involuntary manslaughter; two counts of second-degree child abuse; and felony firearm.
Cox was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on the charges.
The 13-year-old grandson has also been charged as a juvenile with manslaughter; felony firearm; and careless discharge causing injury or death. His name has not been released.
If you'd like to make a donation to Emarjae's family to help cover funeral expenses, you can do so via the family's GoFundMe account here.
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