After his 13-year-old son allegedly found his loaded handgun and fatally shot his younger brother by mistake earlier this month, a father faces a felony child endangerment charge.
According to a bond offer prepared by Cook County prosecutors, the teenage boy first laid blame on his grandmother for fatally shooting 9-year-old Ashton Lipscomb in their West Side home. But the next day, the 13-year-old reportedly revoked that assertion and confessed to the investigators that while playing with the pistol, he shot his brother.
According to prosecutors, their dad, Adrien Lipscomb, 38, had left the house to take his wife to the hospital. Allegedly, when his two sons were left with their grandmother, he left two handguns unlocked inside the house.
He is 38 years old.
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Police responded at 1:45 p.m. to the house. In the 1500 block of North Lorel Avenue on Oct. 7 and found Ashton lying in a pool of blood upstairs, prosecutors said. Ashton died at a hospital later on.
The grandmother, who was downstairs, told police that Ashton had been shot by a 13-year-old child, prosecutors said. But the thirteen-year-old alleged, in the presence of his returning dad, that the grandmother mistakenly pulled the trigger, prosecutors said.
The officers left without an arrest, but the two handguns and a locked assault-style weapon that Adrien Lipscomb was allowed to possess were first confiscated, prosecutors said. The 13-year-old boy confessed to unintentionally shooting his brother with the pistol in a later interview, prosecutors said. The boy was alleged to have said that the weapons were normally kept locked in a cabinet, but that was not the day.