NC Caregiver Charged After 9-Year-Old Shoots Self

TROUTMAN, N.C. -- A 9-year-old boy is recovering after shooting himself in the leg.

It happened at a Troutman home around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police responded to the house on Pilch Road and learned the boy shot himself in a bedroom with a .357 revolver. His caregiver, 66-year-old Brenda Moore Rucker, was asleep at the time, according to police.

The gun belongs to Rucker. Investigators say she kept it in a cabinet in the living room, directly behind a chair where Rucker was sleeping. She told police she was unaware anyone else knew about the gun, which she kept for protection.

Rucker had caring for the boy and his sister since Aug. 1. Two handicap adults live in her home, as well.

Rucker is charged with failure to store a firearm to protect minors and felony child abuse with serious injuries. She was given a $30,000 secured bond.

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office and Iredell County Department of Social Services are investigating.

The boy is in good condition.


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