Toddler shoots mom dead!!

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 04/27/2011 ( 41 moms have responded )

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(CNN) -- A toddler shot and killed his mother, the boy's father told South Florida police, who say they will talk to the 2-1/2-year-old.

The father, who called 911, told police he was trying to take the firearm away from the child when it discharged.

The boy's mother -- Julia Bennett, 33 -- was shot once in the back and died from the injury, said Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues.

"What we do know is that last Wednesday, shortly after 7 o'clock, we received a 911 call from a gentleman stating that his 2-1/2-year-old son accidentally shot his mother -- the boy's mother," Rues told HLN's Vinnie Politan.

Rues said investigators will talk to the toddler about the shooting, but that "due to the age, we're not expecting to get much."

The boy's father has not been identified by police. They said he has cooperated fully with the investigation, which started with a 911 call he placed on April 20.

In that roughly 4-1/2-minute call, a man's voice can be heard asking the dispatcher what to do. He speaks with a thick accent and seems overcome with emotion as he tries to explain what happened.

"My son picked it up and I tried to grab it," the man said about the gun. "Oh God, I can't believe this."

Rues said the State Attorney's office will decide whether to file charges. The boy's father could face charges of negligence, she said.

Bennett and the boy's father were not married and did not live together at the time of her death, according to Rues.

"This should serve as a reminder to all parents out there to not leave firearms accessible to children. Even if you believe the firearm is not loaded, it's just not smart. It's not safe," she said.





I dont know what to think...this is just madness!! >:-{

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Something seems off ...
If the mother and father didn't live together, what was he doing there with a loaded gun?

Tara - posted on 04/27/2011

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My biggest thing with this story is the fact she was shot in the back. Are we supposed to believe she had her back turned while her son's father tried to remove a fire arm from his possession? Wouldn't she be saying something like "Give the gun to daddy" or "No no don't touch" Would she honestly turn her back and start walking away? Or was her back turned when all of a sudden the tot found, grabbed and pointed a gun and before his mom even knew what his dad was doing he tried to wrestle it away (all the while she doesn't turn around, was this wrestling done in complete silence in a split second?)
It just doesn't add up.

Jodi - posted on 04/27/2011

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I'm sceptical......I doubt the kid did it too.

However, having said that, let's say he did. Dad should STILL be held responsible for being a fucking moron leaving a loaded gun accessible to a toddler. Either way, he is responsible and should be thrown in jail to rot. End of story.

Charlie - posted on 04/27/2011

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Not surprising , do you know how many children are killed with their parents gun in the US?

Do you know how many others get shot by children playing with guns ?



YAY guns are awesome *eyeroll*

Jane - posted on 04/28/2011

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Yet another reason why folks shouldn't have guns at home. My husband was a Texas Peace Officer for 11 years. His gun never came home with him. It was always locked up securely at the office where no one could get their hands on it.

Our neighbor across the street was a cop. He brought his gun home and put it in a locked gun safe. However, he was shocked to find out that by age 5 his son knew the "secret" combination.

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OhJessie - posted on 05/01/2011

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Loureen - not NEARLY as many as drown in swimming pools (or even buckets). Guess we should outlaw them too.

OhJessie - posted on 05/01/2011

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I really could have done without this story. Parents - lock up your freaking guns!

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I think it is stupid. Charge the father with involuntary manslaughter. He was a moron for leaving the hand gun layin around loaded. It isn't rocket science people. Unload the damn gun. IF you don't know how the get rid of it. Geez....my 8 year old knows better gun safety and even how to use different kinds. She also knows not to touch them and how to unload them. The father was a moron. Charge his ass and put his kid with, hopefully, someone smart enough to know gun safety or at least not to have one in the house.
IMHO

Nikki - posted on 04/30/2011

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I don't understand why people feel the need to have a LOADED weapon in the reach or even presence of children.

Bonnie - posted on 04/29/2011

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That's what I was kind of thinking Tracey. I just don't want to think that a parent would be so sick and twisted to get a child involved in this, especially not a two year old. Although if the father had thoughts that the authorities wouldn't do anything with a two year old, than why not right?

Sneaky - posted on 04/29/2011

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Ok, truth?

Mostly I think the father shot the mother and is 'blaming' the son so he doesn't go to jail for murder.

Bonnie - posted on 04/28/2011

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I'm also thinking the father had something to do with this. It all seems too coincidental. It could be that the mother had turned her back on the child and then the child got a hold of the gun.

Alexis - posted on 04/28/2011

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Sounds fishy to me, one to leave a firearm out where your child can get to it, and two leave it loaded? On top of that it happened while dad was 'trying to take it away'? Sounds like it may be murder on dads part and he just set it up to look like an accident. Did this firearm have a safety? Also, why would mom have her back turned? If my son had a gun I wouldn't be walking away from him, I also would try and not be in front of the gun. Their personal story makes it seem fishy as well. I say the boy didn't do it but if he did, then dad should be held accountable for not being responsible with a loaded firearm.

Charlie - posted on 04/28/2011

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There are other stories of children shooting glocks .

"Enrique Chavez, now 39, of Anaheim, was off-duty when he was shot on July 11, 2006, while driving his Ford Ranger near Harbor Boulevard and La Palma Avenue. His son, who was not in a car seat, got a hold of the father's .45-caliber Glock while sitting in the back seat and shot him in the back, according to police reports.

Chavez was left paralyzed from the waist down."

Nikkole - posted on 04/27/2011

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My mother owns a glock (shes a correctional officer) And its Not easy to fire and it does have some kick to it! My son is 3 and he can't even pull back a Nerf gun (to cock it) and fire it neither can my 3yr old nephew so this story is getting more and more fishy to me!

Amber - posted on 04/27/2011

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http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/04/21/mir...



Here's another article that gives her family's reaction.



The gun was a glock. These guns are relatively heavy, they are large, and they take a fair amount of pressure to fire.



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I guess this man didn't live with the victim, it was his ex-girlfriend. She is the "other woman" that his wife didn't know about, but she does now.

Kylie - posted on 04/27/2011

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Did anyone see that youtube video baby shoots dad? It may have been removed now but it was real footage of a toddler trying to get his dads attention at a party with a gun in his hand and he shoots the man in the stomach. Pretty horrible. And exactly why i am so anti gun and so happy i live in a country where guns in the home and at party's isn't the norm.

Nikkole - posted on 04/27/2011

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Im sorry but if my toddler had a gun i would NOT have my back turned to him/her i would be running to get the gun even if my husband was helping! And WHY ON EARTH would you have a gun lying around so your toddler could pick it up and why was this gun loaded! In most cases when children get shot by other children or children kill someone with a gun they are not taught proper gun safety and there parents are idiots and leave the gun loaded and not locked up or out of reach from there children! We have a gun but its in a safe with the bullets in a box in the safe and its NOT loaded! This story just dosen't seem right to me i mean depending on what kind of gun it was they have a good kick to them when shot and if a toddler shot this the toddler would have been hurt to (most likely) it kinda seems to me maybe the father used the son to help kill his wife (which is SICK) i think before owning a gun you should have to take tests on shooting skill (so you can use it), mental test's to see if your sane, and a gun cabinet or safe to put it in! Now a days anyone can own a gun and its getting out of hand! I am pro guns but you have to be educated and teach your children how to use guns and to respect them!

Mel - posted on 04/27/2011

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what an idiot. Leaving the gun when a kid could get to it. I hope he suffers for it, for the rest of his life. if it was his child who actually did it

Noreen - posted on 04/27/2011

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I kind of feel in a way that the father of the child shot the mother and blamed it on the son. First of all, exactly what kind of gun was it? Do you know how hard it is to shoot a gun?! The kind of hand power it takes to pull the trigger. Even if this hand gun was a pistol, it would have pushed the 2.5yr old back while it fired. Or the caused the child to have some kind of mark on his body from the gun. I wonder if the police put that special stuff on both the boys and fathers hand to see if there was gun powder on them. That seem insane to me that a little boy could do that!

Dana - posted on 04/27/2011

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Well, I imagine they'd check the toddler's hands and the father's hands for gun powder residue.

I could see how it's possible the child did it but, I'm skeptical. Either way, it's tragic, whether the child did it or not, he still saw his mother shot.



I also have no issue with guns, I only have issue when some ignorant ass owns them.

Amber - posted on 04/27/2011

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And, what are the odds of a toddler only shooting once and managing to hit JUST the right spot and kill her?

Constance - posted on 04/27/2011

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This is a new low blaming your 2 year old for killing his mother. I've seen people blame others for their misdeeds but this is completely rdiculous. I the police are buying it then they need to replace everyone in the department.

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I'm not buying it.



#1 I've always heard that most toddlers aren't strong enough to pull the trigger

#2... the father was trying to get it away from the toddler... why wouldn't your first move be to make sure the gun is pointed where no one would get shot?

#3 The mother having her back to the child during this event sounds extremely unlikely.



I suppose it's possible, but I'm very, very skeptical. And if it WAS a complete accident.... who the hell leaves a loaded weapon where a 2 year old can get a hold of it?!

Amber - posted on 04/27/2011

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The first thing that popped into my head was also that the father did it.
Anybody who has ever fired a gun, knows that it takes a lot of force to pull the trigger. Also, guns have quite a bit of kick to them and can be hard to purposefully aim at a target without practice. It is unlikely that a 2-1/2 year old would be able to hold the gun up while squeezing the trigger AND that it would hit the mom. That is very far fetched.

And why was the mom not facing the child? How did the dad not get to the gun before the trigger was pulled? Why wouldn't the dad tell the mom to duck or warn her in some way?

There is SOOO much more to this story that we aren't hearing. I'm not buying it.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/27/2011

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Yes, the story is fishy, especially if the father claims he was trying to take thew loaded weapon from the son, leaving finger prints from both of them...and explains away gun residue on them both.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/27/2011

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This makes my stomache turns. This is such a horrible story, that hopefully no one ever tells the kid that he killed his own mother.

This is a perfect example of how dangerous guns in the house are. This was completely preventable. Why was it out?

Kate CP - posted on 04/27/2011

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Yea, I agree with Amanda. I think dad shot mom and is using his son as cover. Shameful.

Jenn - posted on 04/27/2011

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Why the hell would you have a loaded gun laying around when you have kids?

Amanda - posted on 04/27/2011

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I smell a lot of bullshit! How the hell does a 2 1/2 year old cock a gun and then aim and shoot it??? Come on this isnt even realist. I feel really bad that this mother is dead. Did the cops do a gun power test on the boys hands and the fathers? I wouldnt be shocked in a while we found out in truth the father shot her and blamed the child.

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Hmmmm..i just don't buy this.I know crazy stuff can happen but it does not sit well with me at all.:-(poor mother, god love her.Poor child left without a mother.If it was innocent..i feel for the father too.I would hold dad responsible.

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I'm still in favor of the ability to own firearms and think there is more to this tale. I also think it's utterly asinine for a loaded weapon to be anywhere within reach of a toddler.

Melissa - posted on 04/27/2011

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That sounds extremely suspicious to me. Why would a mother turn her back on her child when he was holding a gun? She would turn her back on a gun if her husband was holding it on her (or the child) and she was trying to get away. And like pp said, why would someone leave a loaded gun for a child to find? Either they are incredibly stupid for leaving a loaded gun accessible to a toddler, or the father is incredibly stupid for planning a murder so poorly.

Jenn - posted on 04/27/2011

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The father should be held responsible for this tragedy. That poor child will always have to live with the fact that he killed his own mother because his parents were irresponsible!

Becky - posted on 04/27/2011

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I'm a bit skeptical too, it seems like a convenient excuse. But if it is true, so tragic!! I hope that this father is charged. A child should never, ever be able to get his hands on a gun, especially not a loaded one. That is just pure irresponsibility and stupidity.

Jenni - posted on 04/27/2011

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Well first of all. Why was the gun within reach of a toddler and loaded at that. I really wish more of these cases of irresponsible gun ownership would end in a manslaughter charge. Then maybe people would smarten up and keep guns away from kids, especially loaded ones.

I'm still slightly suspicious and not entirely convinced the father wasn't involved. Mostly, because I heard a case exactly like this expect it was a woman who claimed her 2 year old shot her husband. Turned out she was a black widow and had killed him and then blamed it on her 'daughter' (I think it was?). She got away with it that time and wasn't charged until, I believe, 2 more husbands/bfs turned up dead. Wish I could find an article on it... saw it on Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery.

So I'm skeptical.

Lacye - posted on 04/27/2011

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That is just really sad. The little boy didn't even know what he was doing when it happened. He's going to have to go through life knowing that he killed his mother, if he actually did it.

Louise - posted on 04/27/2011

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Being British I find it amazing that anybody would want a firearm in the house in the first place. here in the Uk you have to have a firearm lisence and have the gun locked in a cabinet when not in use. Any reports that this is not being done and the gun is seized and the lisence withdrawn. I know the Americans have a right to arms but reading things like this just make me think why! Gun crime in the UK is quite rare and is big news when it does happen. Maybe it is time that laws were changed and guns were prohibited world wide.

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