Friday, October 09, 2015

More details provided on murder of Jasper 12-year-old

(From the Jasper County Sheriff's Office)

At 6:26 PM, 10-08-15, the Jasper County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to 11171 Placid, Jasper, in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival it was discovered that a 13-year old male had shot a 12-year old female with a pistol in the front yard of the residence. The armed 13-year old suspect had fled into the nearby woods. When deputies arrived on the scene they began CPR on the victim.

The victim, Teresa J. Potts, was later pronounced dead. A search for the suspect began and he was located on the property a short while later and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Jasper County Juvenile Office.

The investigation is continuing.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

A couple of years ago a similar shooting incident occurred in the Jasper CO area. At that time it was two boys playing with a loaded gun in the house- the gun went off and one boy was killed. One of the boys was a foster child and the other a biological child of the parents in the home.
Certainly there was no ban on guns-which I remember at the time thinking that handguns (used for killing) should be outright forbidden. When this question was asked of the director, she waffled saying-Well you know how Missourians love their guns...
Have any pertinent foster home requirements changed regarding guns since the prior shooting?

Anonymous said...

this was brother and sister.......

Anonymous said...

Even if neither the brother nor the sister were foster children, the issue is still pertinent because according to the news report, the availability of a handgun and a shooting occurred at a foster home.

Anonymous said...

They are allowed but discouraged. Trigger locks are mandatory (and given away for free). Ammo and weapons must be locked away (in addition to the trigger lock) seperately. This should always be checked during home visits. All this creates the paradox of why have the handgun then? I believe Children's Division would love to ban them in foster homes, but pragmatically they can't. They struggle to place children as is and lower the bar for kinship placements to the point that some pyschs refuse to do home studies for kinship because their findings are ignored.

Lisa Butler said...

Thank you for posting that. I was not aware of that, especially kinship placements. It is a sad story all the way around. Sad for everyone.

Lisa Butler said...

Thank you for posting that information. I was not aware of how foster situations worked and that is helpful to know. This is a sad situation for everyone involved.