According to court documents, a Baltimore teen has been charged with murdering his 8-year-old brother with a shotgun he obtained by trading in a puppy.
Devin Wilson, 18, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging him with first- and second-degree murder, assault, and weapons charges in connection with the death of Dylan King on December 30.
Wilson was babysitting his four younger siblings, ages 2 to 8, when he called his mother and asked her to come home because Dylan had been shot, according to charging documents obtained by Fox 5 Baltimore.
When Wilson’s stepfather returned home, the teen allegedly claimed Dylan had accidentally shot himself in the head.
When police arrived at the family’s residence in the 2100 block of Presbury Street, they discovered a neighbor performing CPR on the 8-year-old boy, who was later pronounced dead.
According to the filings released Wednesday, an officer arrived at the scene after hearing sobbing coming from an upstairs bedroom and discovered Wilson inside wearing blood-soaked clothes and pointing a shotgun to his own forehead.
Wilson was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation after the officer persuaded the teen to lay down the weapon.
Dylan’s death was ruled a homicide by a single shotgun wound by the medical examiner’s office.
According to the charging documents, Wilson’s stepfather told police he had recently become interested in guns and was taken to a shooting range for his birthday.
The stepfather also said that Wilson had traded in a puppy to purchase the shotgun that was used in his brother’s killing, according to WBAL-TV.
Authorities pointed out that the transaction was not illegal because Wilson is 18 and had no criminal history when he bought the Silver Eagle pump action shotgun.
Wilson was ordered jailed without bail. He is due in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 15.