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Police: Boy, 8, Kills Caregiver After Playing Video Game

SLAUGHTER, La. — An 8-year-old Louisiana boy intentionally shot and killed his elderly caregiver after playing a violent video game, authorities say.


Credit: WAFB via CNN

Marie Smothers was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head in a mobile home park in Slaughter, Louisiana, the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Department said in a prepared statement. Slaughter is about 20 miles north of Baton Rouge.

Authorities identified the woman as the boy’s “caregiver,” without stating whether she is a relative. But CNN affiliate WBRZ reported that the woman was the boy’s grandmother.

Smothers was 87, public records show.

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