Georgia parents charged after 3-year-old shoots 5-year-old in stomach

Credit: McDuffie County Sheriff's Office

Credit: McDuffie County Sheriff's Office

Two east Georgia parents were arrested Friday, two months after their 3-year-old son shot his 5-year-old brother in the stomach with a rifle, according to the GBI.

Terry Kelley Jr., 28, and Clarice Fife, 31, both of Dearing, are each charged with reckless conduct and second-degree child cruelty in connection with the shooting, GBI spokesman Chris McKeown said.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI’s help investigating the shooting, which happened March 13 at a home on Ranger Road in Warrenton, McKeown said.

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When Warren County deputies arrived at the scene about 9 p.m., they determined the 3-year-old had shot his older sibling with a semi-automatic rifle. The 5-year-old was hit in the abdomen and right arm and taken to Augusta University Medical Center, McKeown said. He was released two days later, he said.

Kelley and Fife were booked into the McDuffie County Jail, according to records. They were each released Saturday on a $5,000 bond.

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