Jennings County boy accidentally killed by brother identified

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Posted on June 21, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 12:46 PM

GENEVA, Ind. -- A 12-year-old boy who was accidentally shot by his brother in their Jennings County home has died.

Major Jerry Shepherd, with the Jennings County Sheriff's Department, said, "officers found a 12-year-old child shot once in the head, shot by his 16-year-old brother."

Major Shepherd said the older brother was moving a .22 caliber rifle when it suddenly went off around 11:30 Monday night, while their parents were sleeping, striking 12-year-old Seth Box.

"I believe they thought the weapon was empty when it wasn't," Shepherd said.

It happened at the 9700 block of County Road 275 West in Geneva, Ind. A quiet area in the countryside where the Jennings County Sheriff Department says firearms are common.

The 12-year-old's name is not being released.  He was rushed to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis where he died.

Police believe this is a tragic accident and do not expect charges to be filed.

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