UPDATE: On Oct. 12, 2017, Roundtree pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and received a suspended sentence. Other charges were dismissed.
MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) – Police said a 6-year-old boy’s parents were arrested after lying about an accidental shooting in Muncie.
According to Lt Steve Cox with the Muncie Police Department, on Thursday night, officers were called to IU Ball Memorial Hospital on the report that a 6-year-old boy was shot.
The boy’s parents, Lamotta Roundtree, 34, and Elisha Wolfe, 35, told officers that their 15-year-old niece, who was babysitting their son, found a gun in the alley behind their house. They said the girl picked up the gun and it went off, shooting the boy in the groin.
Officers later determined that the 15-year-old girl found the gun inside of the home. Roundtree is a convicted felon who couldn’t have a gun in his home, according to Cox.
Police arrested Roundtree and Wolfe on Thursday night on the following preliminary charges:
- Aiding or inducing criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon
- Child neglect
- Obstruction of justice
As of Thursday night, the boy was listed in stable condition. Cox said he was transferred to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis for surgery.
Police said the shooting was ruled an accident and the 15-year-old girl will not face any charges.