Henrico 4-year-old boy accidentally shot now recovering

Antonia O'Brien (Source: Henrico Police)
Antonia O'Brien (Source: Henrico Police)

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - The mother of a 4-year-old Henrico boy who was accidentally shot over the weekend is talking about what happened.

Antonia O'Brien faces four charges including felony child neglect. Police say it was the 10-year-old brother who accidentally pulled the trigger.

The younger brother is now home and is expected to make a fully recover. O'Brien says she wants people to know this was an accident and she is fully cooperating with investigators.

At a glance, her son Brandon acts like many other children his age. But it may be hard to believe he is actually recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg. Henrico police say his older brother accidentally shot him at their home on Rolando Drive on Saturday morning.

The family says doctors tell them the bullet from the .38 caliber gun went through Brandon's thigh, but there is no major damage. His grandmother says the brother is upset.

"It's a tragic accident but he's going to be fine, that's what matters right now," said their grandmother, Patricia Horton.

Brandon's family gave NBC12 permission to film him because they wanted to show he's okay.

But O'Brien faces felony charges. She tells us she took the gun out of the lock box the night before because she was afraid and her husband was at work. She says there were attempted burglaries at the home before, and she heard a noise outside that night. She says it was hidden from the children.

On Saturday morning, she says she was getting the boys ready when her oldest son found the gun and accidentally fired it.

"Just one second, she was getting the juice and all and she just come back into the living and boom the gun went off," said Horton.

Horton says the boys' father owns the gun and wants to sell it.

"He wants to get rid of it, he don't want any more guns in the house," she said.

The family says it's a lesson they are now learning the hard way, but are thankful that both children are still here today

Because Child Protective Services is involved the boys are staying with other family and friends right now.

O'Brien is out on bond and has a court date set for June.

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