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UPDATE: Dad charged in case where 6-year-old shot 4-year-old sister


Jackson County (WQOW) - Weeks after a young boy shot his little sister in the face, criminal charges have now been filed against their father.  

Fred Maphis of Merrillan is charged in Jackson County with leaving a loaded gun near a child, and with lying to investigators.

Investigators say the boy told them he picked up the shotgun, aimed it over his 4-year-old sister's shoulder, and pulled the trigger. He initially told them he dropped the gun and it discharged, but investigators say he later admitted that his father told him to say that.   Deputies say the shotgun pellets struck the little girl in the side of the face. They said her injuries were not life-threatening.

Detectives say Maphis told them he had been using the gun to shoot birds but forgot to put it away. It was found on a dog kennel in the mud room. The children's mother told investigators that the boy had been shooting guns since age three, under adult supervision.


Jackson County (Press Release) - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a gunshot incident involving two juveniles.

On Friday, August 30, 2013 at about 9:30 a.m., the Jackson County Sheriff's Office received a call from the Black River Falls Hospital regarding a gunshot injury involving a 4-year-old female. The injury was non-life threatening. Deputies responded to the incident to investigate what happened.

Initial information indicates that the gunshot incident happened at a residence located in the Town of Alma, Jackson County. (The actual address will not be released at this time due to the fact that this is a confidential juvenile matter.)

The incident involved a 6-year-old boy and his 4-year-old sister. The 6-year-old boy found a loaded shotgun. The 6-year-old boy pointed the shotgun at his sister and the shotgun discharged.

At this time it has not been determined how the shotgun discharged. There was one shot discharged from the shotgun. The shot struck the 4-year-old girl on the right side of the head causing non-life threatening injuries.

At the time the two children did not have direct supervision, but their father was at the residence when the incident occurred. The father transported his daughter to the Black River Memorial Hospital for treatment. The 4-year-old girl was treated and then transported to another hospital in LaCrosse for additional treatment. The Sheriff's Office does not have a status update on the medical treatment or injuries.

The incident remains under investigation. The Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services was contacted and is assisting with the family and the investigation. Names and other information will not be released at this time because this is a confidential juvenile matter. Once the investigation has been completed, the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review and possible criminal charges.

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