Defendant Tyree Washington, 20, also was indicted on charges of aggravated child neglect involving serious bodily injury. He was indicted in August and arrested this week.
Investigators said that Washington’s cousin, Steven Brunson Jr., was shot in the head by his young brother who found a 9mm handgun that Washington kept in a drawer in the bedroom where the boys slept.
The shooting occurred on May 25 in the 2900 block of Clearbrook St. near Cottonwood Road in the Parkway Village area.
The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Gavin Smith of the DA’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) which prosecutes cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims; rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults.
SVU reviews child-victim cases with Shelby County’s multi-agency Child Protection Investigative Team (CPIT).