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Jul032011

11-Year-Old Boy Charged Murdering Six-Year-Old Brother

Jupiterimages/Comstock/Thinkstock(MARTINSVILLE, Ind.) -- An 11-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his six-year-old brother in Martinsville, Ind., making him the youngest person to face a murder charge in the state in 90 years.

Andrew Frye was shot in the head with a .22-caliber gun at his home on Thursday afternoon, according to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department.

Andrew's 11-year-old brother was the only other person at home at the time of the shooting. He called 911 afterward at about 6:15 pm, the police said.

The boy will be charged as a juvenile with murder and criminal recklessness, Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega announced on Friday.

"The court heard a probable cause hearing, at which time the court found probable cause and authorized detention of the 11-year-old," Sonnega told ABC affiliate WRTV in Indianapolis.

Sonnega declined to release many details of the incident, citing strict privacy rules in juvenile court.

Initial reports from the sheriff's office indicated that the boy's shooting was an accident, but Sonnega hinted differently.

"There are cases where what you first believe to be true isn't necessarily where the evidence takes you," Sonnega told WRTV.

When police officers arrived at the home, they found the 6-year-old boy on a bed in a bedroom with a gunshot wound in his head. The boy was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, and he died there less than two hours later, police told the Indianapolis Star.

The two boys were cared for by their mother and her boyfriend, who arrived at the hospital before the boy died, police said.

Prosecutors and police are investigating possible neglect charges against the adults, said Sonnega, according to the Indy Star.

"Obviously this is a very tragic time for them. We'll address that issue down the road," said Sonnega.

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