CLEVELAND - The mother of the Cleveland 1-year-old fatally who was shot by a 3-year-old relative turned her back on the kids while baby-sitting them, according to police.
Investigators said Braylon Robinson, 1, died from a gunshot wound to the face following the incident that occurred around 1:15 p.m. Sunday at the child’s home at 3707 E. 63rd Street. Relatives said they are “hurt” and Braylon “kept a smile on everybody’s face.”
Shanee Robinson, 23, was in the same room as Braylon and 2 relatives, a 1-year-old and 3-year-old, but she was facing away from the children when she heard a gunshot, according to investigators. Police said Robinson then saw her son bleeding on the floor. A handgun was found near the 3 year-old.
Braylon was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The other two children were uninjured and were released to their mother.
Police officials said they are still investigating who the gun belonged to and how the child accessed it. No charges have been filed yet, but Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday adults will be held accountable.
“A three year-old can't be held accountable for a tragedy like this,” Williams said. “There have to be adults that either supplied the weapon, that charged the weapons, or knew the weapons were there and didn't do anything to safeguard them, so people will be held accountable for this tragedy.”
A spokesperson for Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services said the agency does not have any record of past problems involving either family, and the agency is trying to connect relatives with counselors.
Monday, neighbors formed a memorial outside the home where the shooting occurred.
“It’s very sad,” said neighbor Creta Muhammad. “I hope more people are conscious of guns in their home if they have kids.”