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Mother of 8-year-old shot and killed questions suspect's story

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Andre Lamont O'Neal Jr. was shot in Louisville in January and didn't survive. Andre Lamont O'Neal Jr. was shot in Louisville in January and didn't survive.
Andre's mom, Porchia Harris, speaks to WDRB. Andre's mom, Porchia Harris, speaks to WDRB.
Elgin Anders speaks to WDRB. Elgin Anders speaks to WDRB.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's been a little more than a month since an 8-year-old Jeffersonville boy was shot and killed in Louisville. 

Andre Lamont O'Neal Jr. was a second grader at Northaven Elementary when his life was cut short. 

"It's not fair. He was cheated out of his life," said Andre's mom, Porchia Harris. "I miss my son. I miss him. A big part of me left when he left. I miss my baby."

Harris says she dropped Andre and his younger sister off with a relative that weekend because she had to work. 

At some point, Elgin Anders was at the home.

He's now been indicted for reckless homicide for shooting the little boy. 

A day after it happened, he told WDRB he was trying to put his gun away when it accidentally fired

"We was grilling and everything, I came out to the grill. I had barbecue sauce on my fingers. I licked the sauce off my fingers. It just slipped right out of my fingers," Anders said in January. 

"When I seen him on the news he showed no remorse," Harris said. "He didn't apologize or nothing." 

Harris says she never heard anything from Anders in the weeks following her son's death. 

She says she thinks there's more to the story and questions why her son was driven to the hospital.

"If it was truly an accident, why didn't he call 911? Maybe my son would still be here today," she said. 

With a reckless homicide charge, prosecutors tell us if Anders is convicted, he could face one to five years in prison. 

To Harris, that punishment doesn't fit the crime. 

"He took my child's life. Eight years old. My son wasn't in the streets. He wasn't gang affiliated or anything like that. He was an innocent little boy," Harris explained. "He needs to pay for this. He needs to pay for this." 

Online records show Anders is being held at Metro Corrections. 

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