Adonis Forbes of Baton Rouge was booked Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, on a charge of negligent homicide after police say that while "working on his handgun," Forbes shot 13-year-old Murrain Hawkins to death in an incident the Baton Rouge Police Department described as accidental. (Baton Rouge Parish Prison)
Local news reports
A 13-year-old boy is dead and a 25-year-old father is in custody after what Baton Rouge Police described as an accidental shooting Saturday (Feb. 21).
Adonis Forbes had come to check on the teenager, Murain Hawkins, who was babysitting Forbes' children in the 2000 block of Tennessee Street. Police said Forbes was "working on his handgun" when the firearm discharged, striking Hawkins.
BRPD spokesman Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said Forbes was attempting to render aid to Hawkins when EMS crews arrived. Officers found Hawkins around 9 p.m. with a gunshot to his abdomen.
Paramedics transported the teenager to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Forbes was booked Saturday on a charge of negligent homicide, police said Sunday.