A South Carolina man has been charged with murder after allegedly giving a gun to a toddler and directing the young child to chase another man around the front yard. The gun discharged and killed the man.
As WTAT-TV (Charleston) reports, Albert Davis, 31, has been arrested and charged with murder, possession of a stolen handgun, unlawful conduct to a minor, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Authorities say that on Tuesday afternoon, 24-year-old Timothy Johnson was at a home in a Warrensville trailer park when, for reasons that aren’t clear, Davis allegedly gave a loaded handgun to a 3-year-old boy. Authorities then say that Davis directed the boy to chase Johnson around the yard with the gun. According to the Aiken Standard, several witnesses saw Davis giving the gun to the young child.
The gun went off and a bullet struck Johnson in the chest, killing him.
It is not clear, as of this writing, if Davis and Johnson were involved in a dispute, or if the whole thing was some bizarre form of amusement for Davis.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that a parent has involved a child in one of his or her alleged crimes.
As the Inquisitr reported earlier this month, a San Antonio man allegedly brought his infant daughter along for not one, but two robberies. Abraham Loftis Acosta allegedly robbed the same Pizza Hut — directly across the street from where he lived — twice in the same week. The first time, he brought along a baby and a male accomplice. The second time, he brought along the baby and a female accomplice — the baby’s mother.
Similarly, stories of parents bringing their children along for shoplifting sprees, and in sometimes involving the children in the shoplifting, sometimes make national news.
Just this week in Florida, for example, a Florida couple was caught allegedly stealing $300 worth of merchandise from a Walmart, according to WTSP (Tampa), with their kids along with them.
And in a particularly tragic case out of Pennsylvania, as the Inquisitr reported, shoplifting suspect Christopher Kuhn allegedly brought his toddler son along for a Walmart robbery. When Kuhn crashed trying to get away, he allegedly tried to flee on foot while his son, who was thrown from the vehicle, lay dying in the middle of the street.
[Featured Image by Aiken County Detention Center]