The 16-year-old who says he accidentally shot dead his niece, also 16, was booked into jail again Monday on a count of using a stolen firearm in the shooting, a police official said.
The boy, who was not identified because he is a minor, now faces a count of illegal possession of a stolen firearm on top of his original accusation of negligent homicide in the Thursday incident, said Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola. The teenager was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center.
The slain 16-year-old, Darneisha Williams, was being kept on a ventilator at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for at least a day before police reported Saturday she had died.
Williams and her uncle were playing with a gun in the kitchen of a residence at 3811 Brady St. when Williams was shot in the head, Baton Rouge Police said in a news release last week. The two were “best friends” and the boy was put on suicide watch following the incident, William’s mother Darlene Williams previously told The Advocate.
The killing was one of at least five accidental shootings in the past three months in Baton Rouge that have left four young people dead.