Detroit parents charged in non-fatal shooting of 3-year-old son

Child allegedly picked up unsecured handgun and shot himself in the arm

Tenisha Christian and Anthony Smith
Tenisha Christian and Anthony Smith (WDIV)

DETROIT – A couple from Detroit has been charged in connection with the non-fatal shooting of their 3-year-old son.

The couple Anthony Smith, 32, and Tenisha Christian, 39, are facing criminal charges after the child allegedly picked up an unsecured handgun at home and shot himself in the arm.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on March 9 at 2:50 p.m. police were called to the couple’s home in the 19100 block of Omira Street in Detroit.

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Police were called to the home after a report was made about the boy being shot.

When police arrived they found the boy with a gunshot wound in his left arm. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

“This case came to our office on the same day as another child shooting case, as a result of unsafe storage of a weapon,” said Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym Worthy.

“Way too many innocent, very young children have easy access to these deadly weapons and this situation usually ends up with a seriously injured or fatally wounded child. I do not understand why the adults cannot safely store their firearms.”

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Smith is charged with one count of second degree child abuse, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearm.

Christian has been charged with one count of felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearm.

The couple was arraigned in the 34th District Court after 11 a.m. on Saturday. They have a probable cause conference date on May 5. Their preliminary examination has not been scheduled. Both will be held in 36th District Court in Detroit. Smith received a $10,000 personal bond and Christian got a $5,000 personal bond.


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