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10-year-old's prognosis is 'grave'; brother faces juvenile court judge

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Investigators say the two were alone Monday afternoon at the family's Whitehaven home on Orleans Road when the shooting happened. Investigators say the two were alone Monday afternoon at the family's Whitehaven home on Orleans Road when the shooting happened.
Juvenile court officials say the teen has had multiple prior contacts with the court. He was wearing an electronic monitor on his ankle at the time of the shooting. Juvenile court officials say the teen has had multiple prior contacts with the court. He was wearing an electronic monitor on his ankle at the time of the shooting.
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(WMC) - A juvenile court judge ordered a 13-year-old boy accused of shooting his 10-year-old sister to be held in juvenile court custody until his next hearing on May 6.

Attorneys for the 13-year-old raised concerns about whether he fully understands his rights. During the boy's court appearance, his father tearfully stood by his side.

Investigators say the boy and his sister were alone Monday afternoon at the family's Whitehaven home on Orleans Road when the little girl was shot in the face. She remains in extremely critical condition at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Multiple sources tell WMC Action News 5 that her prognosis is grave.

The girl's 13-year-old brother is charged with felony reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a weapon. Police say he admitted to accidentally shooting his little sister.

"First and foremost, our hearts go out to the little girl and to the whole family," said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

There is no information about where the gun came from or whether anyone else might be charged. If the 10-year-old's condition changes, her brother's charges could be upgraded.

Juvenile court officials say the teen had multiple prior contacts with the court. He was wearing an electronic monitor on his ankle at the time of the shooting.

"You've got kids coming into court, 6 and 7 years old," said Weirich. "There are too many young people in this community that have too easy an access to guns."

There are free gun locks at police precincts and ongoing community education efforts, but Weirich says more must be done.

"What is the solution? If there was an easy fix, if there was an easy way to say, 'Let's do this,' and if we do that, no other young person will ever get their hands on a gun again, we would've done it a long time ago," added Weirich.

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