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Charges filed against kin in shootings of 2 Detroit kids

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy

DETROIT – Charges have been filed in two shootings that killed a child and injured another in Detroit.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy defended her decision to charge relatives of victims who shot themselves after finding unsecured guns at home. She says adults who "adopt, bear or look after children" must be held responsible.

Five-year-old Mariah Davis shot herself in the neck after finding a gun under a pillow on May 11. Her grandparents were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes.

In another case, the mother and 80-year-old great-grandfather of a four-year-old boy were charged with child abuse. The boy found a gun and shot himself in the hand in November.

Separately, an indictment was unsealed in the Easter death of three-year-old Aniya Montgomery. A fourth person was charged with murder.

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