Tue, Jan 22, 2013
Travin Varise, 5108 Jean St., died and his brother, Terrance Varise, 18, has been booked with negligent homicide, cruelty to a juvenile and felon in possession of a firearm, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman L’Jean McKneely said in a news release.
Their mother, Yenell Varise, was too distraught to speak to reporters Tuesday, but her brother, Calvin Varise, said the family did not keep a gun in the home. Calvin Varise said he believes the gun belonged to a family friend.
The toddler was shot while Terrance Varise was playing with the handgun in their home, McKneely said.
“He had it in his hand, cocking it back and forth, and while he was doing that the victim walked into the room,” McKneely said. “When he did, the gun went off and struck him in the chest.”
McKneely said Terrance Varise was distraught after the shooting.
“The entire family was upset,” McKneely said. “They know it’s an accident. It wasn’t intentional.”