Teens charged in Macon child’s shooting

Two teenagers have been charged with aggravated battery and possession of a firearm in connection with a 3-year-old boy who was shot in the chin Tuesday night on Roff Avenue, according to Macon police.

Capt. Jimmy Barbee said a 16-year-old boy took a gun to the house in the 3300 block of Roff Avenue, and put it on a table.

A 14-year-old girl picked the gun up and pointed it at the toddler. She pulled the trigger several times and the gun went off, Barbee said.

The toddler was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia on Tuesday night and was flown to an Atlanta hospital for further treatment.

Barbee said the child was listed in critical, but stable condition Wednesday.

Police have not released the names of the three children involved in the incident. Barbee said they aren’t related to each other.

Prosecutor Mike Smith said both teenagers are being detained at a youth detention center and are scheduled to be arraigned next week.

Police charged the teenagers because the incident wasn’t an accident, Barbee said.

“Sixteen-year-olds don’t play with guns,” he said. “They shouldn’t have had the gun.”

The girl told police a different story.

She said the toddler picked the gun up and it discharged as she tried to take the gun away from him, according to a police report.

When a police officer arrived at the house soon after 7 p.m., the teenage boy was in a bathroom holding a towel to the toddler’s mouth. The officer noted in a report that the toddler appeared to be alert and coherent.

The officer took the .32 caliber revolver from the boy’s left leg cargo pants pocket, according to the report.

Barbee said the boy bought the gun on the street.

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