Police: Albion boy accidentally shot by brother, parents facing charges

Updated: 06/13/2014 7:12 PM
Created: 06/13/2014 3:23 AM WHEC.com

A nine-year-old boy is in the hospital after police say he was accidentally shot by his older brother with a stolen gun. That 13-year-old is also facing a felony. The parents of the boys are also facing charges.

Police say John H. Glena, 46, and Kelley S. Glena, 43, of Albion, were arrested, not because of the firearms, but because of the condition of the home in which the children were living. Police say the home had several unsafe code violations and was not safe for children. They have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Investigators say it was on the top floor of the Albion home where investigators say the teen shot his brother. 

Laurie Ballard isn't thrilled about the view from her house.

Laurie Ballard said, “It's a mess, it really is and it's been like that forever.”

The house is now condemned. Attention came to the home after investigators say a 13-year-old accidentally fired a pistol at his little brother. The bullet missed the child's head by inches and went through his arm.

Ballard said, “It's got to be traumatizing to be shot by your brother. It's unreal.”

Investigators say the 13-year-old stole the gun from a house around the corner where his mom cares for an elderly man. Investigators say this is a reminder that even if you don't own guns that it is important to talk to kids about gun safety.

Chief Roland Nenni, Albion Police Dept., said, “To explain to them that if they come in contact with a gun or if somebody has a gun that number one they're not to touch it, to tell an adult, to make sure they're honest about it and that they won't get in trouble if they tell them about a gun.”

News10NBC caught a glimpse of Kelley Glena on our way into the Albion Police Department, but she wouldn't speak with us. She's been charged with endangering the welfare of a child

Chief Nenni said, “That is not based on the shooting that happened there, that's based on the conditions of the home that the children were living in.”

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