GREENSBURG, Ind. - Prosecutors filed felony charges Friday against a Greensburg man in connection with the March 11 shooting death of his stepson.
Authorities were called to a home on the 1000 block of Carver Street last Tuesday after 13-year-old Craig Roberts was shot in an apparent accident by his 6-year-old brother.
In a probable cause affidavit released Friday , authorities say Craig's stepfather, Jason L. Forshee, 34, of Greensburg, was cleaning a Colt M-4 rifle in the living room when he stepped away to speak with Craig's mother, Amy Roberts.
While in another room, Forshee told police he heard a "pop" sound, and returned to find Craig suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and his 6-year-old son holding his rifle.
Forshee placed Craig on the floor and applied pressure to the wound while his mother called 911. The 13-year-old later died at the hospital of his wounds.
On Friday, Decatur County Prosecutors announced they would seek neglect of a dependent resulting in death charges, a class "A" felony, against Forshee. Prosecutors also filed charges of dangerous control of a child.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Forshee told police he had shot the rifle recently and wanted to clean it, but that he never keeps a bullet in the chamber and could not explain "how it got there."
Police said Forshee told them he had allowed his 6-year-old son to hold the rifle in the past. A friend of the daughter of Forshee and Amy Roberts told police she had seen the 6-year-old pointing the rifle at her and the daughter through a window on the day of the shooting.
The 6-year-old told police he "didn't know there was a bullet" in the rifle, and that he "didn't mean to shoot my bubby" – his nickname for Craig.
The child also told police that Forshee had allowed him to handle the rifle before.
Decatur County Prosecutor Jim Rosenberry said Forshee had been taken into custody by Greensburg police.
"We reviewed this investigation thoroughly and discussed our findings and opinions with Craig's surviving parents," Rosenberry said. "We believe that Craig's tragic death deserves justice."