Four Year-Old Accused Of Shooting Babysitter

Police say an angry 4-year-old Ohio boy grabbed a gun from a closet and shot his baby sitter.

Eighteen-year-old Nathan Beavers was hospitalized Sunday with
minor wounds to his arm and side after the shotgun attack. Police
say another teen was also injured.

Witnesses told police the child was angry because Beavers accidentally stepped on his foot. Beavers was watching the child at
a mobile home in Jackson with several other teenagers and several
other children.

Jackson County Sheriff John Shashteen says authorities are
investigating. The child has not been charged.


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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 18, 2009 at 12:04 PM
    Editor; It has now been two weeks since this was reported. Do you guys have anymore information yet?
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 12, 2009 at 02:46 AM
    Editor; Is there anymore information on this story? It would be interesting to know what really happened. It has been a week since the initial report. Thanks
  • by T Location: Washington on Jan 9, 2009 at 01:33 PM
    This is very unlikey. A house full of teens being mischevious yes but not a four year old.
  • by How crazy are the people getting Location: creswell on Jan 9, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    The parents should be held responsible for this because they should never leave a gun unlocked that a 4 year could put their hands on. What parents leave guns around the house unlocked haven't they ever heard of accidental shooting. Its really hard to believe that a child of 4 could raise a shotgun and shoot it. I know it is heavy for me to lift up.
  • by wr Location: nc on Jan 8, 2009 at 03:23 PM
    I talked with a friend of mine who has a 4yr old he is teaching to shoot. He says its next to impossible as reported. At that age a bb gun is a handful.
  • by I Googled It Location: NC on Jan 8, 2009 at 07:00 AM
    The Columbus Dispatch reports that the boy "retrieved a shell from a drawer in a back bedroom, grabbed a 20-gauge single-shot shotgun from a closet and loaded the weapon ... returned to the living room, and in front of another 17-year-old boy and other children, shot [Nathan] Beavers." "He knew it was wrong. He'd seen guns loaded and shot before, but he's never seen the carnage it makes when it hits. He knows it now," his father tells WBNS-TV. I am not taking up for the 4 year old at all. My sone is 8 and my step-fater got hime a rifle and a 410 before he was 6 years old and my son understands DO NOT POINT IT AT ANTHING!! He goes hunting with my step-father and the only other time they fire the guns are at ranges or skeet shooting. This child knew it was wrong the parents should be held resposible!!! This is a horrid fact that some people just shouldn't breed due to their stupidity!!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 7, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    Vbush and Jeremy, You got my vote. It is amazing how much respect a double barrel 12 Ga. will get.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jan 7, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    The child is a scape goat for someone!!! Unless the gun was sawed-off it would have been taller than he and he wouldn't be able to lift it to fire! I'm not even sure he could lift a .410. To the commentor who talks about a gun being like a new toy etc. ad nausium. I do own many guns. I do not brandish nor brag about them. I have been in situations ( part of my job), where I thought I might have to shoot a criminal and even though it was my job, I did not relish the idea and prayed it would come down to me having to. Luckily I did not have to, but I would not stand by and let someone kill me or my family. Police officers can not be everywhere at once so protection of youself and family sometimes falls on you. Very few law abbiding citizens wish to hurt or kill someone, but do wish to be able to protect their family if need be. Hunters are gun owners for sport ( which I do not do). I guess all car owners are Nascar drivers, duh...have you ever owned a gun???What a broad brush!!!
  • by wr Location: nc on Jan 7, 2009 at 04:07 PM
    Inside a mobile home? A shotgun at 20' range has no time to spread the pattern if birdshot or buckshot were used. There is much much more to this story than reported.
  • by me Location: nc on Jan 7, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    i agree - my family is full of advid hunters - safe hunters i might add... my nephews all have shot their share of guns but none have shot a shotgun at 4 years old. my neice is that age now and the shotguns are taller than she is.. i agree with jeremy there is more to this story - the teens are who done it... we shall wait and see...
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