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Charges for boy accused of shooting sister could be upgraded

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Investigators say the boy and his sister were alone Monday afternoon at the family's Whitehaven home on Orleans Road when the shooting happened. Investigators say the boy and his sister were alone Monday afternoon at the family's Whitehaven home on Orleans Road when the shooting happened.
The 13-year-old is in juvenile court custody charged with felony reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon. The 13-year-old is in juvenile court custody charged with felony reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – The 10-year-old girl who was shot in the face Monday has died. Investigators say her 13-year-old brother pulled the trigger.

Investigators say the boy and his little sister, Denii Compton, were home alone when the shooting happened.

"A whole family has been devastated," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong. "I can't even imagine the rebuilding process it's going to take to get that family any kind of normality back into it. You have a young girl, that's her life, another kid that's responsible for it."

The 13-year-old is in juvenile court custody charged with felony reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon. The charges have not been upgraded as of Friday and no adults have been charged in the case. Whether all of that changes is up to prosecutors.

"It's of course a tragedy for that family, but it's also a tragedy for all of us," said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

Weirich says the DA's office is waiting on the results from MPD's investigation. She plans to set aside emotions in order to apply the facts and the law in making a decision about the charges.

"Every adult has a responsibility to our children," she said.

"Owning a firearm is a big responsibility," said Armstrong. "This is a clear cut case. You have to be responsible. You have to keep these firearms in safe places."

Where did the gun come from? Why weren't the children in school? Director Armstrong declined to comment, noting that investigators are not finished looking into the case yet.

"Certainly in this particular case we will look at the parents," he said. "We will look at what they knew, what they didn't know, what they should've known."

Armstrong continued, "There are no winners in this particular case, regardless of what we do from a law enforcement perspective there are no winners."

The 13-year-old boy is due back in juvenile court on May 2 at 1:30 p.m.

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