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Child could be taken from family after deadly shooting

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Posted: Aug 26, 2013 3:30 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 26, 2013 3:30 PM
Source: WBRZ

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SLAUGHTER- The East Feliciana Parish District Attorney filed special court documents, asking the state to assist a child who is accused of shooting and killing his grandmother last week.

Sam D'Aquilla filed a petition related to a child services law referred to as Families in Need of Services, or FINS. Under Louisiana law, a FINS case could mean the state takes custody of a child.

Thursday, Marie Smothers, 90, was shot as she watched TV. Authorities said her 8-year-old grandson shot her after playing "Grand Theft Auto IV," a video game deputies described as violent.

The game is rated "M" for mature audiences, and recommended for ages 17 and older.

Deputies said the juvenile originally told them he was playing with the gun when it went off, but later said they believe he intentionally shot her in the head.

Due to the boy's age, he will not face charges. His name was not released.
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