DETROIT – The mother of two Michigan children accused of shooting a BB gun at people in Florida will have the boys returned to that state to face assault charges.
The mother's attorney says (view statement here) she is fully cooperating with law enforcement in both states. However, she maintains that her children are innocent.
"She is confident that they will be cleared of any wrong-doing and encourages local police to expand their investigation to suspects beyond her children," a statement from her attorney reads.
They face extradition to Florida on charges of aggravated and simple battery.
According to police reports obtained by Local 4, the incident happened June 8 at the Blue Tide Apartments in Holly Hill. The pellets hit one woman in the shoulder and mouth, breaking two bottom teeth. At least three other victims were struck in their shoulders, back and chest.
According to police reports, the boys, 12 and 16, admitted to touching the BB gun, but denied shooting it. Police Chief Steve Aldrich says the boys returned to Michigan after officers talked to their mother.
Aldrich said investigators were talking with the state attorney's office and officials in Michigan to determine whether the boys will be arrested.