Authorities Close Juvenile Manslaughter Case From Public
Authorities have decided to close all hearings, seal court files and make no further public comments about the case against a 9-year-old boy accused of shooting his 4-year-old brother in Hastings. The decisions were announced in a news release from County Attorney Donna Fegler Daiss after a closed hearing in Adams County Juvenile Court. Last week, a juvenile manslaughter charge was filed against the older boy. His name hasn't been released. Authorities say the boy fired a .22-caliber rifle bullet that struck the 4-year-old on April 18. The younger boy was pronounced dead later at a hospital. Other family members were home when the shot was fired. Authorities have said the rifle is owned by the boyfriend of the victim's mother.