NW Indiana couple charged with neglect after boy shoots self

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A man and woman who were babysitting a boy,4, who shot himself in their home have been charged. (WLS)

A northwestern Indiana couple have been charged with neglect after a young boy they were babysitting found a gun in a bedroom and fatally shot himself.

The Post-Tribune reports 24-year-old Rachel Lynn Griffin and 29-year-old Brett A. Beatty of Crown Point were charged Tuesday in Lake Superior Court with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and neglect of a dependent.

Four-year-old Eric Cole of Wheatfield died Aug. 5 after he found a handgun in a case under a bed in a bedroom at the couple's home.

Rachel Lynn Griffin

Brett Beatty


An affidavit says Griffin told the boy and his sister to stay in the bedroom while she used the bathroom, then heard a bang and found the boy bleeding.

Beatty, who wasn't home, told investigators he thought the gun wasn't loaded.
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