Juvenile petition filed against boy in death of brother

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Updated: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:10:53 CST

We have more developments in the Friday shooting death of a Hastings 4 year-old. The boy's nine year-old brother has been taken into custody in connection with the shooting.

The Adams County Attorney has filed a juvenile petition with an allegation of manslaughter against the 9 year-old boy.

Neighbors tell News 5 the brother has had a troubled past, even threatening to harm his siblings before.

The Adam's County Attorney's Office says the 9 year-old allegedly fired the gun at his brother. The boy's name is not being released because of his age.

The nine year-old brother of Beau Pecor has been taken into custody in connection with his death.

Last Friday, the 4 year-old Hastings boy sustained a gunshot wound to the head from a 22 caliber rifle. Adams County attorney Donna Fegler Daiss says the nine year-old allegedly shot and killed Beau Pecor.

"Based on our investigation at this time it is believed it was not an accidental shooting," Daiss said.

A juvenile petition has been filed against the nine year-old. It's an allegation of manslaughter.

The rifle owned by the boyfriend of Beau's mother was found in a bedroom inside the boy's home in the 900 block of N Saunders Ave.

"There are some questions about how that weapon was loaded and if it was known to have been loaded," Daiss said. 

Authorities are investigating prior incidents that may have occurred in the home.

"We received information that in the past there have been some incidents that would cause us concern," Daiss said.

Neighbors are shocked to learn of the incident happening a few feet away.

"Three or four years old, it's too young," said Paula Lindteigen, a neighbor and friend of Beau's mother's boyfriend.

She believes he would have had his weapon locked up.

"From what I know of him he's very responsible, but we all make mistakes and look over things when we're in a hurry," Lindteigen said.

Daiss says family members were home at the time of the shooting.

This incident has local parents keeping a closer eye on their own children.

"Parents really need to pay attention to their children whether or not they think it matters some days it does," Lindteigen said.

The nine year-old boy is currently under the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

No charges have been filed against the adults at this time.