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Cops: Boy Fatally Shot 5-Year-Old After Finding Gun In ‘Treasure Chest’ Toy Box

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 37-year-old Henderson homeowner is facing charges after an 11-year-old boy shot and killed his 5-year-old nephew with a 9 mm handgun left in a toy box labeled “treasure chest.”

Sidney J. Jacobs is charged with one felony count of child abuse and neglect with substantial bodily harm in the Sept. 25 shooting that killed Robert Martin.

Police say Martin was visiting the house with his mother and her 11-year-old brother.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports he told police he expected confetti to come from the barrel when he pulled the trigger, but instead fired a fatal shot to the younger boy’s chest.

Authorities say adults were in another room drinking alcohol and listening to music while the boys played in a downstairs play room.

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