In a harrowing incident that unfolded this week, a Michigan man, Kayvon Barrett, found himself at the center of a legal storm after his 8-year-old son discovered and accidentally shot himself with an unsecured firearm in their Detroit home.
The subsequent handling of the emergency raised eyebrows as it was revealed in court that Barrett waited a crucial 10 minutes before dialing 911.
“Calls to 911 were delayed by 10 minutes. The adults around were more concerned with their own problems,” stated 36th District Court Magistrate Malaika Ramsey-Heath during the court proceedings on Friday, as reported by FOX 2 Detroit.
The prosecutor disclosed a distressing detail, indicating that the boy’s mother had to implore Barrett to call for emergency assistance. “You need to call 911, or I’m going to call 911,” she reportedly told him.
“I honestly blame everyone in this house for not being more observant of weapons that could hurt children,” the prosecutor added, highlighting a shared responsibility for the tragic event.
In the aftermath of the incident, Barrett now faces four counts of second-degree child abuse. This charge comes with a background of Child Protective Services having visited Barrett on multiple occasions over the past five years, revealing prior findings of physical neglect and abuse, though no previous convictions exist.
“The argument this resulted from neglect doesn’t make me real comfortable he’s not a danger to the children,” stated Ramsey-Heath, emphasizing the concern about the ongoing safety of the children in Barrett’s care.
The injured child, having undergone surgery, remains in critical condition as the legal proceedings unfold. Shockingly, it was revealed that other children were present in the home at the time of the shooting, raising further questions about the overall safety and supervision.
Barrett’s attorney contends that further investigation is necessary, suggesting that more than one adult in the household may have possessed a firearm during the incident.
Despite this claim, Barrett’s bond has been set at $100,000, and if released, he will be required to wear an ankle monitor, with strict orders not to have any contact with children.
The case serves as a stark reminder of the critical need for responsible firearm ownership and heightened awareness in households with children.