In Michigan City ‘game playing’ is being blamed for the shooting death of a three year old boy.
Lance Wilson died of a single gunshot wound at his trailer home in the Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park off U.S. 20.
24-year old Zachariah L. Grisham--the live-in boyfriend of Wilson’s mother has been criminally charged in the case.
“At this time we don’t believe there was any intent,” said Det. Sgt. Andrew Hynek with the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office. “However, there was obviously some culpability with Mr. Grisham and his actions.”
Grisham faces felony charges of Reckless Homicide and Neglect of a Dependent. Police did not describe the game in great detail, although Det. Sgt. Hynek said, “We believe that it was a game where one had pointed a fake gun and the suspect had taken the real gun and pulled the trigger.”
The call came in at about 3:30 p.m., shattering the calm of a Sunday afternoon, and leaving some residents in shock. “Just that a guy would just play with a gun with a three year old and now that happened, a little boy is dead and a mother is hurting,” said neighbor Kim VanSickle.
“Obviously when you pull the trigger at the wrong time, the wrong situation, you can’t bring somebody back,” said Det. Sgt. Andrew Hynek.
The tragic situation likely left a lasting impression on investigators as well. “All of our investigators people that were on the scene yesterday are mothers and fathers themselves, so it’s always very difficult for us and it acts as kind of a reality check,” said Major John Boyd of the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office.
In this case, the Neglect of a Dependent charge is the most serious—with a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.
Det. Sgt. Hynek says there were two other juveniles in the trailer when the fatal shot was fired, but that they were in another portion of the home—out of harm’s way.
Grisham is being held in the LaPorte County jail with his bond set at $100,000.