Parents arrested in shooting incident

Published 10:29 am Friday, March 2, 2018

Charges have been filed against the parents of two children involved in what Kentucky State Police call an accidental shooting that occurred last month.

According to KSP, a 6-year-old girl was shot in the head with a handgun by her 11-year-old brother.

KSP reported that on Feb. 21 troopers responded to the scene around 8:30 p.m., at a residence on Charles Collett Road in the Blackmont community of Bell County.

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Investigating Trooper Aaron Fredrick on Thursday arrested James Collett, 30, and Jennifer Collett, 29, both of Hulen, on charges directly related to the incident.

According to the police, the 6-year-old girl was stabilized from her injuries and transported from Middlesboro ARH to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville for further care. She was reported as being alert and responsive by the time of the transportation to UT.

The police also stated in their report that at the time of the shooting the two children were allegedly left unattended by their parents “with multiple firearms loaded and improperly secured.“

Fredrick arrested and charged the parents with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. The second charges stem from a third child being present at the time of the accident, according to KSP.

The two are lodged at the Bell County Detention Center, each on a $150,000 bond.

The 6-year-old is said to be doing well and is currently in the care of another family member.

Brian O’Brien of The Big One 106.3 FM WRIL contributed to this article.