Officials investigate Cumberland Co. fatal shooting

Apr 30, 2013 Full story: WHAS11 72

Burkesville, Ky. Detectives from Post 15 are investigating a shooting that occurred on Tuesday at 1:03 p.m. CST at a residence on Lawson's Bottom Road in Cumberland County.

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Cub Run, KY

#73 May 5, 2013
Mountain Mama wrote:
I have really been saddened by the event that took place yesterday. I am hurt because I know the family and I have seen the children in town where I work. I feel for the family because everyone is blaming the parents and saying how could they do this? Well you know , they did not do this. We live in a area where children as young a 4 do have real guns. They hunt , fish , ride motorcycles and do other dangerous things that could kill them. The parents of this child are very good people and so are the other family members. I am sure if we all looked in our homes there are things that could kill a child just as easy. Are all your cleaning supplies out of reach? Are your steak knives locked up? Are all electrical outlets covered? Is your smoke detector batteries replaced? Do you talk on your cell phone or text while your kids are in the car with you , or even when they are not?
My point is this was a accident period. This is our God's will. Why? we don't know...but don't blame and put more hurt on this family than they are already experiencing. They would not have let this happen intentionally for anything. So lets quit blaming and lets start helping. God is our judge. Sparks and Willis family , just know that there are people here in Burkesville that are not pointing fingers at you and do love you and wish that this would all just be a bad dream. May God grant you comfort that only he can in this case. Stay strong and don't blame anyone. Band together as you always do and focus on Christian. He is to young to really understand now, but someday he will and what he will need most is a family that will stand behind him and love him unconditionally.
I have to say this person has said what everyone should be saying. The Sparks and Willis family has overcome many things. I'm am sure they will find a way to pull together and see that this Lil baby boy knows that he done no wrong. May God bless each and everyone involved. God is great!!!!
mike

Akron, OH

#74 May 6, 2013
Why would anyone believe that it is gods will for a little girl to have her face blown off by a 5 year old with a shotgun?
should have

Burkesville, KY

#75 May 6, 2013
indeed it is a slippery slope to believe that all is the will of one's invisible friend. There is no personal responsibility at that point. I have met the parents of these unfortunate children. Seemed like nice enough people, didn't seem to be mentally impaired. So, why? You wouldn't leave drain cleaner on the floor for the baby to play with with you? Even if there is a "child proof" cap. Would you drive down the interstate at 80 MPH with the baby loose in the backseat? Hopefully not. So why does common sense fly out the window when it comes to firearms? Maybe it's because we have a society that *glorifies* guns. A certain segment of the media that is trying to convince people it is their "god given right", to have any and all weapons that they choose. Maybe because the NRA, a group that *used to* hold a certain amount of respect with respectable people,says it's OK, heck it's your *duty*! These two parents are guilty of being ignorant, we, the society, are guilty of allowing it to happen. SENSIBLE GUN CONTROL NOW !!!
Carly Robinson

Elizabethtown, KY

#76 May 6, 2013
citizen of that community wrote:
<quoted text> AND JUST HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT SHE WOULD STILL BE ALIVE????, ARE YOU GOD....UH NO YOU ARE NOT AND ONLY HE (GOD) KNEW JUT HOW LONG THAT CHILD HAD ON THIS EARTH AND HOW SHE WOULD LEAVE THIS EARTH!!!!! NOW ENOUGH IS ENOUGH THE SPARKS FAMILY HAVE BEEN THOUGH ALOT SO I THINK THAT EVERY ONE OF YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE AND LEAVE THIS FAMILY TO GREIVE AND TRY TO MOVE FORWARD WIH THEIR LIVES AND DEAL WITH THE LOSE. THEY THE PARENTS AND THE SON HAVE A VEY LONG ROAD AHEAD AND YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT HELPING THEM ANY BY TALKING YOUR CRAP ON HERE. HAVE A GOOD DAY AND GOD BLESS
Thank you for trying , but some times it's better to just let small minds do just what they do. I miss my neice very much and seeing the things that are being said on here does hurt , but knowing the truth helps me. They will never know the truth because they will be to busy on here bad mouthing the family.
suspicious

Burkesville, KY

#77 May 7, 2013
people wlth the narrowest minds have the widest mouths.understand this you northerners.
Moms Mabley

Campbellsville, KY

#78 May 7, 2013
A mother wrote:
<quoted text> I have to say this person has said what everyone should be saying. The Sparks and Willis family has overcome many things. I'm am sure they will find a way to pull together and see that this Lil baby boy knows that he done no wrong. May God bless each and everyone involved. God is great!!!!
Are you kidding?!? No person in their right mind would tell this little boy "he done no wrong", as you said. That would be condoning what he did, be irresponsible and a lie.
Of course this child needs to be told in no uncertain terms- he DID do wrong. A horrible wrong. This child should be told no one is to EVER point a gun of any kind at another human being for any reason unless his very life is in imminent danger of serious harm or death. And even then all other avenues of recourse should be taken BEFORE ever using a gun.

These parents and anyone who cares about this boy would be doing him a disservice to treat this as anything other than what it is. A very serious matter which was caused by him all due to someone not explaining to him just how serious any firearm really is.
This child should be told exactly how grave the situation is. He should be told yes. He was at fault. That his sister is dead because he pointed a gun at her and pulled the trigger. That this is what happens when you are careless. That getting mad at someone or your sister should never make you want to get your gun and shoot. That is the reality of the situation. To treat the child in any other way would not be reality.
Kids usually have an ability to know when or if they did something wrong. To tell him he didn't would be telling him to go against that conscience voice of the Holy Spirit inside him that's telling him it was wrong. It would be a lie to make light of a serious issue like this.

While I feel for this family and their loss, I understand these two parents were solely the ones at fault here. And frankly, they should have to answer for their crime of negligence that caused the death of an innocent.

Do not coddle this little boy. He needs someone to be firm and realistic during this while thing. Otherwise he will not learn anything from it.
Moms Mabley

Campbellsville, KY

#79 May 7, 2013
Mountain Mama wrote:
I feel for the family because everyone is blaming the parents and saying how could they do this? Well you know , they did not do this.
The parents of this child are very good people and so are the other family members. I am sure if we all looked in our homes there are things that could kill a child just as easy. Are all your cleaning supplies out of reach?
My point is this was a accident period. This is our God's will. Why? we don't know...but don't blame and put more hurt on this family than they are already experiencing. They would not have let this happen intentionally for anything. So lets quit blaming and lets start helping. God is our judge. Sparks and Willis family , just know that there are people here in Burkesville that are not pointing fingers at you and do love you and wish that this would all just be a bad dream.
Stay strong and don't blame anyone..
Yes, the parents DID do this. They did it by NOT teaching there are "consequences" to certain actions. They did it by NOT being responsible themselves in many ways. And they did it by NOT teaching "responsibility" to their son.
Checking a rifle or handgun is Not rocket science. It's very simple and easy as pie to do. Any person seriously checking a weapon would Notice it is still loaded or has a round in the chamber. You can SEE the ammunition. The ONLY way you can miss the fact that its loaded is to check it haphazardly or hurriedly, not paying attention. So YES, whomever put the rifle there was gravely at fault.
Cleaning supplies and electrical outlets are NO comparison to a 5 yr old with loaded gun who will inevitably have rifts/anger at his sister.
These parents could possibly be good folks as you say. But they are thoughtless, negligent folks too, who don't put much thought into the safety of the young children in their care.

And GOD does not ever "will" that one of his beloved innocents suffer an untimely horrific death because of stupidity. God lives all His children & wishes no harm to any of them. You surely do not know much about the Bible to assume A loving God could will something such as this.
You seem to forget that it is Satan who catches us off guard, too busy to properly check to see if a gun is loaded or too tired or self absorbed to realize a rifle should not be within the reach of a 2 & 5 yr old. So he uses those opportunities to catch us off-guard for tragedies exactly like this one.

So do NOT place the blame on it being My Fathers will.

Owning a firearm comes with a huge responsibility. Anyone not up to the challenges of those responsibilities should not be allowed to obtain one. Period. And these parents were not up to the demands of being responsible.
Carly Robinson

Albany, KY

#80 May 8, 2013
Moms Mabley wrote:
<quoted text>Are you kidding?!? No person in their right mind would tell this little boy "he done no wrong", as you said. That would be condoning what he did, be irresponsible and a lie.
Of course this child needs to be told in no uncertain terms- he DID do wrong. A horrible wrong. This child should be told no one is to EVER point a gun of any kind at another human being for any reason unless his very life is in imminent danger of serious harm or death. And even then all other avenues of recourse should be taken BEFORE ever using a gun.
These parents and anyone who cares about this boy would be doing him a disservice to treat this as anything other than what it is. A very serious matter which was caused by him all due to someone not explaining to him just how serious any firearm really is.
This child should be told exactly how grave the situation is. He should be told yes. He was at fault. That his sister is dead because he pointed a gun at her and pulled the trigger. That this is what happens when you are careless. That getting mad at someone or your sister should never make you want to get your gun and shoot. That is the reality of the situation. To treat the child in any other way would not be reality.
Kids usually have an ability to know when or if they did something wrong. To tell him he didn't would be telling him to go against that conscience voice of the Holy Spirit inside him that's telling him it was wrong. It would be a lie to make light of a serious issue like this.
While I feel for this family and their loss, I understand these two parents were solely the ones at fault here. And frankly, they should have to answer for their crime of negligence that caused the death of an innocent.
Do not coddle this little boy. He needs someone to be firm and realistic during this while thing. Otherwise he will not learn anything from it.
He knows what happened and that it was a bad thing. He is a lot smarter then most people are giving him credit for and his parents are trying to greave and be supportive too him at the same time try to teach him and discipline him. It is a touchy situation that they are handling very carefully.
Carly Robinson

Albany, KY

#81 May 8, 2013
mike wrote:
Why would anyone believe that it is gods will for a little girl to have her face blown off by a 5 year old with a shotgun?


Face was not blown off by a shotgun.
Just Me

Versailles, KY

#82 May 8, 2013
My prayers are with the child, his parents, and all the people who loved the little girl. I don't know them but I am truly sorry for what happened to their family.
citizen of that community

Columbia, KY

#83 May 10, 2013
mike wrote:
Why would anyone believe that it is gods will for a little girl to have her face blown off by a 5 year old with a shotgun?

It is apparent that you do not have your facts straight because she was not shot in the face she was shot in the chest. oh i'm sorry gossipers do not always get the facts straight before they run off at the mouth now do they!!!!!
jeb

United States

#85 Jun 12, 2013
Things happen feel sorry for little boy cause he had to live with it for the rest of his life..... when I was 4 I didn't get a little 22 I got 12g shotgun but I was gave shells with rock salt in them.

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