Zachariah L. Grisham, 24, is charged with neglect and reckless homicide in the shooting death of 3-year-old Lance Wilson at Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park in Michigan City, Ind.
Grisham appeared in La Porte County court on Monday, September 16. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.
The child was fatally shot on Sunday, September 15 inside his home on Farmington Drive in the mobile home park. Officials say Grisham, who is the live-in boyfriend of Wilson’s mother, was playing a game using guns with the toddler.
“It was a game where one would point a fake gun and then the suspect had taken the real gun and pulled the trigger, and it was loaded,” Det. Sgt. Andy Hynek, La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, said.
“As an adult, you should know better than to play a game with a 3-year-old with a gun. You never know what could happen. And in this case, it went off and a little boy had to die,” Kim Vansickle, neighbor, said.
Michigan City police were called to the boy’s home on Farmington Drive in the Terrace Acres Mobile Home Park about 3:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, and found Lance shot to death, according to the release. The boy was found in the home, shot in the head, said LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Szilagyi, citing information from the probable cause hearing.