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Man indicted in connection with boy’s shooting death
Neighbor faces four felony counts of child neglect, endangerment
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Jeffrey Carl Ireson

Friday, June 6, 2014

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Burnt Chimney man was indicted Monday by a Franklin County grand jury in connection with the accidental shooting death of a 7-year-old boy by his 12-year-old brother.

Jeffrey Carl Ireson, 56, was indicted on two counts of willfully and negligently causing or permitting the life of a child to be endangered or the health of such children to be injured while having custody of the children; causing or permiting serious injury to the life or health of a child under the age of 18 by willful omission or neglect; and commiting a willful act or omission in the care of a child as was so gross, wanton and culpable as to show a reckless disregard for human life.

The shooting occurred on April 21 at Ireson's home on Double Oaks Lane, where the two brothers were playing, according to Lt. Philip Young with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The two boys were handling guns at Ireson's home when the 12-year-old accidentally discharged one of firearms, killing his brother.

The 7-year-old boy was found lying on the floor of the residence and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The four charges against Ireson are Class 6 felonies, punishable by one to five years in prison if Ireson is convicted.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

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