Martinsville, IN — An 11-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his 6-year-old brother, Andrew Frye. It is believed that he is the youngest person to face a murder charge in the state of Indiana for nearly 90 years.
According to authorities, the two were home alone Thursday evening when the older boy called 911 to report the shooting. When police arrived on scene, Andrew was found in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died a short time later.
Initially thought to be nothing more than a tragic accident, further investigation revealed the shooting wasn’t purely accidental.
“Upon further reflection and detective work, forensic work, we sometimes end up with evidence different than we expect and that’s our job as investigators, professionals, is to keep an open mind,” Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega said. “Murder can be knowingly or intentionally. There is a slight difference. Knowingly means when you engage in conduct you know there is a high probability of the outcome.”
Police said the boys lived with their mother and her boyfriend, who arrived at the hospital before the boy died. Where they were at the time of the shooting, though, is still unknown. (Just to be clear, a county ordinance allows children over the age of 10 to babysit).
The 11-year-old faces an additional charged of criminal recklessness. He will be charged as a juvenile and is being held at a juvenile detention center. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 6. Prosecutors and police are investigating possible neglect charges against the adults.
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