Grandma linked to boy’s death gets charges dismissed

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Charges were dismissed Monday against a Detroit grandmother charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy.

During a preliminary examination Monday in 36th District Court in Detroit for Lise Cox, 58, Judge Kenneth King dismissed the charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree child abuse and felony firearm, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Prosecutor’s Office will determine if it will appeal the case to Wayne County Circuit Court, spokeswoman Maria Miller said Monday.

According to police, one of Cox’s grandsons allegedly shot Emarjae Watkins, 13, in the back Dec. 12 while playing with her firearm in the 4300 block of Tireman. Her grandsons, 13 and 15, were off from school because of a snow day. They invited Emarjae and another teen over to the house to play games, authorities said.

Prosecutors accused Cox of being “grossly negligent” when she stored a handgun under her bedroom dresser and left for work that morning. They said she knew that her grandsons were aware of where she stored her handgun and ammunition.

The alleged shooter, a 13-year-old who has not been identified by authorities because of his age, is due in juvenile court’s Lincoln Hall of Justice on Jan. 30 for a pretrial hearing.

The teen is charged with manslaughter, causing death by aiming a weapon without malice, felony firearm and careless discharge of a weapon, causing injury or death.

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