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Phoenix Child Abuse Involving Guns

On Behalf of / Friday, 03 March 2017 / Published in assault, battery, Homicide, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death

Phoenix Boy Shot by Two Year Old Brother

I’ll never quite understand how kids can get enough alone time to kill each other. Where were their parents? Why were the guns not locked up? Why did they kids not know that they were dangerous? If they did know they were dangerous why did they feel comfortable enough to go into your room and get the guns. I’m for guns but I’m definitely for striker gun laws. Of course you never know what could happen until your in that situation.

Sadly a nine year old little boy shot and killed by his two year old little brother. The parents of the boys have now been arrested and are both now facing charges for their suspected roles in the incident.

According to the Phoenix police, they were working to confirm the details of the situation. The children’s twenty-eight year old mother, Wendy Lavarnia worked with the investigators.

Phoenix Police Investigate Toddler Being Shot

The Phoenix police confirmed that the nine year old was Landen Lavarnia. He died at the hospital after being on life support since Monday. This was after his two year old little brother shot him in the head.

Lavarnia was booked for investigation of four counts of child abuse. According to the reports her bond was set at $25,000. Her thirty-one year old husband, Kansas Lavarnia reportedly had a felony record. He was arrested for suspicion of illegally possessing a firearm. Police are still investigating, it’s unclear if Kansas was at home at the time of the shooting.

Child Shot

To continue on with that tragic story, Phoenix police arrived to the scene around 3 p.m. that Monday. According to the reports the home was located near 35th and Rosewood avenues. When they got to the scene I’m sure it was something none of them wanted to see, they saw that the older boy was shot once in the head.

Wendy had told the authorities that she had placed the 9mm pistol (unholstered and loaded) onto the master bed, which was next to her two year old and four year old sons. According to Wendy the two year old picked up the gun and then fired it, hitting the nine year in the head as he innocently played his video games just a few feet away.

She also said that the gun didn’t have an “safety” on it. She often let the two year old practice pulling the trigger when the gun was unloaded. Not the safest toy to allow your two year old to play with lady.

Neighbor’s Statement:

It’s tragic… If that happened here, I would die. It would be devastating beyond belief. It’s devastating just having it next door.

The neighbor said that the husband, Kansas was a hard worker that he drove a large crane truck back and forth from Nevada to Arizona. Other neighbors also called him a nice guy.

Neighbors say they never saw the nine year old little boy but would often see the toddler outside in his diaper running around. Which is odd, why wouldn’t all the kids be outside together? Out of all the time of them living there the neighbors never seeing a nine year old kid outside is a bit odd.

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