Pair arraigned in connection with child shooting - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Pair arraigned in connection with child shooting


JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB Fox 41) -- "Hope you all are having fun!"

That's what Latanya M. Taylor said to the media just before she was ushered into Clark Superior Court Thursday afternoon.

Taylor, along with co-defendant Avante Devon Hill appeared for arraignment before Judge Vicki L. Carmichael. Both are charged with neglect of a dependant and dangerous control of a firearm after a 5-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the head.

The shooting happened at the Fulton Terrace Apartments on Jackson Street Jeffersonville. Investigators say the girl was shot in the head near the temple and close to the eye. It happened after police say she and two other children ages 5 to 7, found an unsecured handgun inside a shoebox at the home and started playing with it. She is expected to survive.

Taylor is the legal guardian of the child. Hill is her boyfriend -- and the man who bought the gun. The gun was not registered and had been purchased "on the street," according to the prosecutor.

Click HERE to see an earlier story on this case.

Hill appeared to make sarcastic gestures to photographers as he was escorted to the courtroom.

Inside, it was a different story.

Taylor appeared to be quietly weeping as arraignment began. Both defendants told Judge Carmichael that they would need a public defender. Bond for each of them was set at $7,500, but they can be released from jail for $750 (10 percent of the total.)

Outside the courtroom, Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull explained why he chose to file charges against the pair, even though the shooting was accidental.
"There's gonna have to be accountability for this," Mull said. "Obviously any sensible person would understand that you cannot leave a loaded weapon in a shoebox on the floor of the room where children live and play."

They are expected to appear in court again on Feb. 8 for a pre-trial conference, and the trial is expected to take place in March.

As they were being escorted from the courtroom, Hill made one last gesture to the media. He jumped forward and whispered "boo!" just before he was taken into the elevator.

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