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Homeowner Charged In Fatal Child Shooting

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Sydney Jacobs (courtesy Henderson Police)

Sydney Jacobs (courtesy Henderson Police)

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HENDERSON – The owner of the house where an 11-year-old boy fired a gun believing it was a toy and killed another boy was booked over the weekend on felony child abuse charges.

Sidney J. Jacobs, 37, surrendered himself to the Henderson Detention Center on Friday on a felony count of child endangerment. He posted $10,000 bail and was released. A warrant had been issued on the charge on Wednesday and Henderson Police officers had been attempting to locate him.

On Sept. 25, two boys were brought to Jacobs’ house at 586 Lairmont Drive off of Macdonald Ranch Drive about 1:50 p.m. The 11-year-old pulled the gun out of a box that had toys in it. The 11-year-old boy said he thought it was just a toy and pointed it at the other boy and fired. The 5-year-old was shot in the chest and was taken to St. Rose Hospital, Siena Campus, where he was pronounced dead.

The 5-year-old’s mother went to the house to visit with Jacobs and his girlfriend. The 11-year-old is a sibling of the mother of the 5-year-old boy.

Detectives found that the loaded handgun was in a box marked “treasure chest” and the room was designed as a playroom for children. Detectives also found numerous other loaded guns in various rooms of the house and none of the weapons were secured. Detectives also found a gun safe that was opened and contained various rounds of ammunition and a child’s plastic toy gun inside.

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