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Parents face charges after son, 9, was accidentally shot by brother

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 June 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Police have arrested the parents of a 13-year-old boy who accidentally shot his brother, 9, in the arm last night.

John H. Glena, 43, and Kelley S. Glena, 46, of 341 Caroline St. both were charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The two weren’t arrested because of the firearms incident but because of the condition of the dwelling where their children lived, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni said.

John Glena

Kelley Glena

Police were dispatched Thursday to 110 Brown Street at 9:57 p.m. A 13-year-old appeared to be playing with the handgun in his second floor bedroom when it discharged, striking his brother lying in a nearby bed, Nenni said.

After the accidental shooting, police say the 9-year-old victim and his brother ran from their house to the next-door neighbor where their mother was located. The children’s father was inside the residence at the time the shooting occurred. Neither parent was aware that the 13-year-old had a handgun, police said.

Village of Albion Code Enforcement responded to the 341 Caroline St. and revoked the Certificate of Occupancy due to several serious code violations. The home was found to have several unsafe code violations and several other factors that jeopardized the health of the children ages 9 and 13, Nenni said.

Both parents were charged with 2 counts of endangering the welfare of child. Appearance tickets were issued for Albion Town Court on July 1.

The 9-year-old was transported by Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was in stable condition this morning, Nenni said.

Update

In an email at 8:41 p.m., Chief Nenni said the boy has been released from the hospital and will require followup care.

The 13-year-old also allegedly stole an additional .22 caliber handgun from the elderly acquaintance and had concealed the firearm in a detached garage at 341 Caroline St. The 13-year-old has been charged with Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree (D Felony), Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree (E Felony) and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 3rd Degree (D Felony). He was issued appearance tickets to appear at Orleans County Probation at a later date.

Because he is a juvenile his name hasn’t been released.