Criminal charges have been filed against a licensed security guard who allegedly left a loaded gun inside a bedroom in a Leimert Park home, where his mother’s 5-year-old foster son fatally shot himself while playing with the weapon last November, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Thursday.
Jaylin Burdette, 26, allegedly found a loaded gun in the alley behind his mother’s house last Nov. 14 and placed it in a document container in the closet of the bedroom where his mother’s 5-year-old foster son slept and played.
Six days later, the boy fatally wounded himself while playing with the loaded gun and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, according to the city attorney.
`We allege a tragedy occurred because we allege there was a failure to follow one of the most basic principles of law regarding guns and safety here in California. We allege a gun was not safely stored and that it led to a 5-year-old who shot himself and died,” Feuer said in announcing the charges. “It’s a tragedy for everyone involved, and we allege it was an avoidable tragedy.”
Burdette is charged with one count each of criminal storage of a firearm, unlawful storage of a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm in a public place. He could face up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines if convicted of all three charges, according to the City Attorney’s Office.
Feuer urged gun owners to take steps to secure their weapons so children cannot gain access to guns and hurt themselves or others.
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