Two Teenage Boys Arrested, the adolescent boys have been detained in Florida after their older sister was tragically shot during an apparent argument over who had received more Christmas presents.
Two Teenage Boys Arrested After Sister Fatally Shot Over Christmas Presents
Abrielle Baldwin, 23, was allegedly shot in the chest by her 14-year-old brother after ordering him to “stop arguing because it was Christmas,” according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office.
The other brother, 15, then allegedly retrieved a second firearm and shot his brother in the stomach before fleeing the scene.
Baldwin, who was carrying her 11-month-old child in a baby carrier at the time of the shooting, was rushed to the hospital and confirmed dead.
Baldwin had internal bleeding and couldn’t breathe, but the baby in the carrier was unharmed.
The 14-year-old was also rushed to the hospital and is now in stable condition. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, child abuse, and being a delinquent with a firearm.
The 15-year-old boy was also taken into custody and charged with attempted first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.
According to the department, he was sent to a mental health facility due to self-harm remarks and will be transferred to the care of the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Centre once he is freed.
The teenage lads are not identified by The Independent since they are minors.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said during a press conference on Tuesday that the three siblings went shopping on Christmas Eve with their mother and Baldwin’s 11-month-old and six-year-old sons.
Baldwin was suffering from internal bleeding and was unable to breathe, but the baby in the carrier was uninjured.
The 14-year-old was also taken to the hospital and is now stable. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, child abuse, and being a firearms delinquent.
According to the sheriff, the incident occurred when Baldwin urged her younger brother to stop bickering because it was Christmas.
“‘You guys need to leave that stuff alone,’ Baldwin replied. Why are you attempting to begin it? “It’s Christmas,” Sheriff Gaultier says.
Local prosecutors will investigate the matter and decide whether to charge the 14-year-old as an adult for his sister’s suspected murder.
According to the sheriff, young people obtain firearms by purchasing them on the street for a low price because they have been stolen or by discovering them while breaking into automobiles.
“In the last thirty days, we’ve taken reports where 17 guns have been stolen from unlocked cars,” he went on to say.
“This proliferation of guns on the streets, in this area, and these kids’ hands is the worst I’ve ever seen.” I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like it. We need your assistance since we have a problem.”
The investigation into the tragic gunshot is still underway.