Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Four Year-Old Boy Shoots Babysitter for Stepping on His Foot

(Photo not the real toddler. Example only.)

JACKSON, Ohio(AP) Police say an angry 4-year-old Ohio boy grabbed a gun from a closet and shot his baby sitter. Nathan Beavers, 18, was hospitalized Sunday with minor wounds to his arm and side after the shotgun attack. Police say another teen was also injured.

Witnesses told police the child was angry because Beavers accidentally stepped on his foot. One witness said the toddler had warned the babysitter not to step on his foot but the babysitter did not take him seriously. He does now.

Beavers was watching the child at a mobile home in Jackson with several other teenagers and several other children.

Jackson County Sheriff John Shashteen says authorities are investigating. The child has not been charged. A local judge said this should serve as a warning to babysitters everywhere. "Toddlers are natural born killers." The four-year-old's parents said their son had never shot anyone before except his uncle, and that they intended to tell him not to shoot any future babysitters.

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