Three charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in shooting death of Jamel Witcher Jr

ROMULUS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged three people in connection with last week's fatal shooing of a four-year-old boy by his four-year-old cousin.

Fifty-three-year-old Patricia Johnson, 66-year-old Robert Richardson and 55-year-old Harvey Wilcher have been charged in connection with the January 16 death of Jamel Witcher Jr.

Prosecutors say the three adults were left in the home in the 71000 block of Tuxedo street in Detroit as the guardians of the children. They also say a loaded rifle was left accessible in the room where the children were playing. 

Police contend Jamel Witcher's four-year-old cousin picked up the gun and shot him in the chest. Witcher was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Jamel's mother contends believes there is more to the story and that the little girl would not have been able to lift the gun .

Patricia Johnson has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Child Abuse 2nd Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Felony Firearm charges.

Robert Richardson has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Child Abuse 2nd Degree, Careless Discharge of a Firearm Causing Injury or Death, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Felony Firearm charges.

Harvey Witcher has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Felony Firearm charges.

Richardson and Johnson were arraigned in 34th District Court Sunday. Bond was set at $200,000. 

An arraignment for Harvey Wilcher has not yet been announced.

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