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2-Year-Old Handed Gun By Mother - Turns Gun On His Older Brother

In a tragedy in Arizona, a 9-year-old boy was shot in the head and killed by his 2-year-old brother with their mom's handgun. The mom apparently told police she had let the toddler handle the gun in the past when it wasn't loaded.

The older son, Landen Lavarnia, was died later at a local hospital, according to Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Vince Lewis. Police corrected an earlier report, saying he remained on life support earlier Tuesday before dying in the late afternoon.

The mother, 28-year-old Wendy Lavarnia told police she accidentally put her loaded gun on a bed within the reach of her sons while she turned to get a holster. The 2-year-old then grabbed the unattended gun and shot the 9-year-old boy, who was playing video games nearby.

Lavarnia shockingly told police she had allowed "the 2-year-old to practice pulling the trigger of this gun when empty on previous occasions," according to court records.

Lavarnia had appeared in court before the boy was declared dead, and requested that the judge let her go to the hospital to see her son, but the judge said she would remain in custody unless she posted a $25,000 bond. The judge also said she had to stay away from the victims in the case as well as anyone under 18 years old.

It seems that Lavarnia did not have an attorney and barely spoke during her appearance in court. She is currently facing four counts of child abuse — one count for each of her four children in the home.

Investigators are still considering bringing additional charges against the parents of the boys.

The dad, Kansas Lavarnia, 31, came home while police were investigating the shooting. He was then arrested as he was not allowed to have a gun in the family home due to a prior theft conviction. He completed a three-year prison sentence in 2012.

According to police, Lavarnia was aware there was a gun in his home.

Source: CHRON
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