When police responded to a call that 2-year-old had been shot early Thursday morning, they found the toddler in critical condition and conflicting stories about what happened from the five adults in the house, the Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Police Department said.
The child was rushed to a hospital, and detectives began searching for a man going by the name “BD,” who had fled from the apartment after the shooting, his involvement unknown.
By Friday afternoon, police had arrested the boy’s mother and grandmother and said “BD” was 20-year-old Keyshawn Lemont Cosey-Gray, identified as the mother’s boyfriend. But they still didn’t know what happened.
On Saturday, Cosey-Gray was arrested, but the boy succumbed to his injuries, CCXMedia reported.
Another day passed, and on Monday, Brooklyn Park Police Deputy Chief Mark Bruley said investigators believe that the boy’s 3-year-old brother got his hands on a loaded gun and fired the shot that killed his sibling, KARE11 said.
“Gunpowder residue on the hands, things like that, that we really try to piece together to determine, because essentially it was unwitnessed with what we have right now,” Bruley told CCXMedia.
Bruley said detectives were still waiting for results of forensic tests to make a final determination about what happened. The 3-year-old is two months short of his fourth birthday, he said.
The boys’ mother, 20-year-old Osheonia Nypre Hodges; their grandmother, 57-year-old Sherrillyn Kay Mosley; and Cosey-Gray have all been charged with covering up the details of the shooting after the fact.
The three “conspired to conceal what happened and hide evidence of what took place,” Bruley said.
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