Sheriff deputy's daughter, 4, is fatally shot at home

There are 82 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Dec 2, 2007, titled Sheriff deputy's daughter, 4, is fatally shot at home. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The 4-year-old daughter of a Cook County sheriff's deputy was killed early Sunday after she and her 15-year-old brother were handling a gun in the family's Chicago Heights apartment, police said.

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ModelVixen

Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 2, 2007
What a horrible tragedy. Goodness you never get over the loss of a child. My heart goes out to that grieving family.
Kim

Lubbock, TX

#2 Dec 2, 2007
That sucks. This is why I will never have a gun in my house. I know my 9 yr. old would kill someone...I hope the family can heal.
Mike_K

Palos Hills, IL

#3 Dec 2, 2007
I bet the parents had repeatedly said to these children never to handle the gun. It sounds like probably the kids just new where there mother kept it and were being kids, playing with it because they'd know they'd be in big trouble if there mother found out. And being kids, never thought something like this could happen.

The mother should have kept that gun in a place the children could never have gotten to it, like small home safe.

That said, Mothers and Fathers should never have to see there children die. Its just heartbreaking, and my condolences go out to them and there entire family.
sati

United States

#4 Dec 2, 2007
this is so heart wrenching in that it could have and should have been prevented!!! why was there no LOCK on this firearm that belonged to a sheriff's deputy?
HenryBrown

Chicago, IL

#6 Dec 3, 2007
Poor little girl. The Sheriffs should fired the mother asap. Its all her fault for raising that worthless son. Beside with his bad history why did she allow him access to a gun? Stupid kills!!
GAIL

United States

#7 Dec 3, 2007
Why was this gun not locked up? never ever should anyone have a gun in there house without it being locked up.
Overlooker

Chicago, IL

#8 Dec 3, 2007
Why have a gun in your house if it has a lock on it and is stored in a safe or other secure place? When you need it and time is of the essence it would be a hassle getting the gun ready and available for use. Look at that football player shot and killed in his bedroom by invading teenage thugs. His machete was all he had at hand and it doesn't seem as if it helped him very much. What do you think?
SATI

United States

#9 Dec 3, 2007
Overlooker, if you have kids in the home leaving a gun out without a lock on it is just plain irresponsible at best and outright stupid at worst. it hsa cost the life of this child.
rabbitinred

Kalamazoo, MI

#10 Dec 3, 2007
Why were they playing with a gun at 5 in the morning? Why were they in the landing? Where was their mother? I think I would be doing some serious talking to the 15 year old. How sad.
Michael

Lisle, IL

#11 Dec 3, 2007
Why was the gun at home if the Cook County Sheriff deputy mother was at work ? Doesn't sound right to me
Come On Now

Willowbrook, IL

#12 Dec 3, 2007
rabbitinred wrote:
Why were they playing with a gun at 5 in the morning? Why were they in the landing? Where was their mother? I think I would be doing some serious talking to the 15 year old. How sad.
I think I had heard on the news that the mother was working overnight at Cook County Corrections and I would then "assume" that the 15 year old was babysitting his little sister. "In theory" the son should have been able to handle this responsibility - alot of kids 15+ are able to babysit & make some spending money doing it.

Now is not the time to blame the mom & ask "why" the gun wasn't locked up. Teens are resourceful - it very well may have been locked up, but he got to it anyway.

That being said - this is so very sad, my heart goes out to the family! Such an innocent life stolen so young!
Margaret C

Lansing, IL

#13 Dec 3, 2007
Now, who says a teenager is old enough to supervise a sibling? This would not have happened if they had an adult babysitter... teens don't have common sense enough to watch another child. God rest her soul and her brother's who will be agonized for the rest of his life.
perplexed

Lagrange, GA

#14 Dec 3, 2007
Does anyone else find it disturbing that this same 15 year old had brought a gun to school? Apparently they were aware he had access.
TOM SLICK

Chicago, IL

#15 Dec 3, 2007
perplexed wrote:
Does anyone else find it disturbing that this same 15 year old had brought a gun to school? Apparently they were aware he had access.
I do. What was he doing up at that hour anyway. Why did he take a gun to school to begin with to be suspended. If I was his parent, he would be joining his little sister. Teenagers have common sense and he didn't use his.
MinisterP

Oak Forest, IL

#16 Dec 3, 2007
Wrong with respect to dismissing blame. As a gun owner you have the absolute responsibility/accountability to ensure the proper use, safety and access.

I had to change my lifestyle completed when children came into my life and there is no way anyone other than myself can gain access.
Come On Now wrote:
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I think I had heard on the news that the mother was working overnight at Cook County Corrections and I would then "assume" that the 15 year old was babysitting his little sister. "In theory" the son should have been able to handle this responsibility - alot of kids 15+ are able to babysit & make some spending money doing it.
Now is not the time to blame the mom & ask "why" the gun wasn't locked up. Teens are resourceful - it very well may have been locked up, but he got to it anyway.
That being said - this is so very sad, my heart goes out to the family! Such an innocent life stolen so young!

“Tah Dah!”

Since: Nov 07

Chicago

#17 Dec 3, 2007
While I feel for the mother, she should lose her job. How the hell did she raise these kids?

I have firearms at my house and you had better believe there is no way my children will have any access to my firerams, let alone to shoot and kill another sibiling.

The Crook County Sheriff is a clout job so she probably won't be fired.
christianna

Nashville, TN

#18 Dec 3, 2007
I think that there is a big maturity difference between a 15 year old and a 4 year old. What 15 year old in the right mind is going to let his or her little sibling play with a gun? I know I was babysitting at 12 years old and I knew not to leave a kid alone in a room alone and that's without a gun.If this 15 year old had brought the gun to school on a previous occasion than the adults should have known to keep it locked up.
Thirdpower

Conroe, TX

#19 Dec 3, 2007
Why weren't charges filed when he brought the gun to school? Will the anti-gun pundits now start calling for correctional officers to store their firearms in a collective armory?
jeremy

Nashville, TN

#20 Dec 3, 2007
i totally agree....these parents should have definately put safety 1st!!!But the 15 year old should be evaluated for letting a 4 year old play with a gun
slamdunc

Marion, IL

#21 Dec 3, 2007
McDermott dismissed as "a coincidence" any connection between Sunday's early morning fatality and the teen's previous arrest for bringing a gun to school.

Merely a coincidence! If this was mom's duty weapon, she is not only going to be grieving from her loss, but will be in hot water at work. She may even be charged. A tragedy, indeed.

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