The mother of a 5-year-old Louisiana boy was arrested on a child desertion charge after the child's 9-year-old brother accidentally shot him in the head, authorities said Wednesday.
Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, said 29-year-old Generra Brown was arrested on the charge because she left the children unsupervised at a Marrero home before the Tuesday evening shooting that killed her son, Melvin Brady.
Fortunato said investigators believe that Brown, a home health care professional, was caring for a neighbor across the street when her 9-year-old son found a loaded gun while he and his brother were playing in a bedroom closet. As the older brother handled the handgun, it fired one shot that struck the younger child.
The 5-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers responded to the shooting around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Brown dialed 911 after learning about the shooting from the older child. Fortunato said Brown was arrested and jailed on Tuesday night.