Boy, 15, charged as adult in fatal shooting of 10-year-old relative

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Warren — A 15-year-old boy was charged as an adult Tuesday with second-degree murder and felony weapons offenses in the fatal shooting last week of a 10-year-old relative.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer

Christopher Simmons of Detroit was arraigned before 37th District Judge Suzanne Faunce, who entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf and set bond at $500,000. Simmons was remanded to the juvenile detention facility pending an Aug. 11 probable cause hearing on the charges, which can bring up to life in prison on conviction.

The incident occurred about 1 p.m. July 22 in the Manor Apartments at 21500 Dequindre, said Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer. The victim, Orran Baugh of Detroit, was shot once in the chest and died that afternoon at Children’s Hospital in Detroit.

“It’s a tragedy; our hearts and prayers go out to the family,” said Dwyer, who declined to provide specifics on what may have led up to the shooting.

Simmons was identified following interviews with a group of several youths, aged 13 to 17, who were found congregating without adult supervision in one of the apartments. All are believed to be related, Dwyer said.

Detectives learned there were 11 children in the apartment at the time of the shooting, Warren police said in a statement.

Simmons' mother put police in touch with an attorney and her son surrendered that night. The following day, the handgun involved in the shooting was found hidden in a car near the apartment, Dwyer said.

Simmons' attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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