Man Charged After Boy, 13, Fatally Shot By Six-Year-Old
By Mike Perleberg
(Greensburg, Ind.) – Prosecutors have filed charges against a man who left out a loaded weapon that was used to accidentally shoot a boy in Greensburg.
On March 11th, 13-year-old Craig Roberts died after being shot with an M4 assault rifle by his younger brother.
Roberts’ mother’s boyfriend, Jason Forshee, told police he had taken the gun out to prepare it for cleaning. According to investigators claims in court files, Forshee, 34, thought he had fully unloaded the weapon when in fact there was one round left in the chamber.
When Forshee left the room for 10 to 15 seconds, according to a court affidavit, the six-year-old grabbed the gun and squeezed the trigger. Roberts was struck in the side. The boy later died at Decatur County Memorial Hospital.
Investigators spoke with another child who had visited the home earlier that day. The young witness told police that the six-year-old had pointed the same rifle at her and other child through a laundry room window of the Roberts home.
A child and Craig Roberts’ mother said that Forshee had allowed the six-year-old to hold the weapon.
On Friday, prosecutors charged Forshee with Neglect of a Dependant (Class A felony) and Dangerous Control of a Child (Class C felony). Forshee was arrested Friday and has since bonded out of jail.
Decatur County Prosecutor Jim Rosenberry said in a press release Friday announcing the charges that the case was reviewed thoroughly and was discussed with Craig Roberts’ parents.
“We believe that Craig’s tragic death deserves justice,” Rosenberry said.
The Roberts family has relatives in Greendale, who have also been hit hard by Craig’s death.