Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed says an eight-year-old boy who was shot this weekend is “showing at this point little, if any brain activity. So, it doesn’t look good.”
Police say the boy’s younger brother shot him Sunday afternoon at a home on Broad Street in Southampton Township.
The eight-year-old has been at Penn State Hershey Medical Center since Sunday, while his six-year-old brother has been with the county’s children and youth services.
No one has been charged in the case.
Freed said the shooting happened in the bedroom. The younger brother fired one shot from a small-caliber handgun, hitting his older brother in the head.
Freed said their mother was asleep in the room at the time but did not hear the gunshot.
“The shot did not wake her up. The boy woke her up,” said Freed.
According to a search warrant affidavit, the boys’ mother told police she was “on several medications.” Police said she appeared “lethargic.” She agreed to have a blood test done. Police also seized what appear to be prescription medications from the home for additional tests.
Freed said police seized a loaded rifle from the bedroom as well. He added there was nothing barring the adults in the home from having guns. Freed did not say who owned the guns.
When police went in the home Sunday, they found it was “unfit for children.” They saw open food containers, piles of dirt, bags of trash blocking the ability to walk through the house.
Freed said the condition of the house alone could warrant charges.
State police Lt. Jonathan Mays said an expert interviewed the six-year-old at length for the first time Wednesday. The boy told police some information Sunday. But, this was the first opportunity for a person trained in this sort of situation to talk to the boy, Mays said.
A source close to the family said the mother and her boyfriend have been with the injured boy at the hospital since Sunday.