Mom of 4-year-old killed does not believe story that 4-year-old cousin pulled the trigger

DETROIT (WXYZ) - While Adrian Tubbs thinks her four-year-old son's death is a tragic accident, she doesn't believe the little girl who reportedly pulled the trigger is the one responsible for firing the .30 caliber rifle.

Jamel Witcher Jr. and his four-year-old cousin went to their grandmother's home every day after school. But late Thursday afternoon, police say Jamel's little cousin found the firearm under a bed, pulled the trigger and accidentally shot Jamel in the chest. 

Jamel's mother believes there's more to the story, telling 7 Action News that she doesn't want the little girl to "live with something she did not do."

Police say the 66-year-old step-grandfather was home with the children at the time of the shooting.

"There is no way she could lift up a gun of that size. It's not logical. And even if she was to pick up a gun of that size it would never pierce him in the chest." said Tubbs who thinks if the girl could have even handled the firearm that the round would have hit the floor.

Detroit Police say they have two people, a man and a woman, in custody in connection with the shooting. We're told they are both convicted felons and each being held on the charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Relatives tell 7 Action News that the two in custody are the children's grandmother and step-grandfather.

Detroit Police are continuing to investigate.

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