LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Little Rock Police have not only gone on camera to preach about gun safety following a 6-year-old’s death, but they have even taken to social media reminding parents about locking up their weapons.
“You as an adult could be held responsible if somebody gets that weapon,” says Lt. Steve McClanahan with the Little Rock Police Department.
Somber faces could be seen walking out of the Pulaski County Detention Center Thursday afternoon as the family of a Little Rock 6-year-old boy posted bond for Kenya Brevard.
“You still can catch a criminal charge and this isn’t done out of punishment or retribution. It is one to make sure we do the right things as police officers,” McClanahan adds.
The 38-year-old pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges Thursday morning.
Brevard spent less than 24 hours in a cell following what LRPD says was an accidental shooting death of her nephew Wednesday.
“A six-year-old child, it doesn’t take a lot of strength to pull the trigger,” continues McClanahan.
A dozen officers and investigators responded to the scene after the young boy accidently shot himself. He later died from his injuries at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
“One time is too many. No parent or relative wants to experience something like this,” Mclanahan says.
LRPD says this is a tragic reminder to always make sure guns are locked up or in a safe place.
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