Two Adults Given Negligent Child Abuse in Alleged Juvenile Homicide

The mother of a 4-year-old Hastings boy shot to death reportedly by his 9-year-old brother last month has been charged with negligent child abuse, as has her live-in boyfriend. The Hastings Tribune reports that the Adams County Attorney's Office filed charges Thursday against the 29-year-old woman and her 30-year-old boyfriend. The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes. For that reason, the AP is not naming the adults or children involved the case. Authorities say police and school and mental health officials had concerns about the 9-year-old's often violent behavior and that officials had warned both his mother and her boyfriend to lock up all knives, other sharp items and guns in the house for weeks before the young boy was shot.

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