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Police: Woman was playing with gun before shooting 16-year-old Hamilton boy in the head

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Posted at 9:26 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 12:38:13-05

HAMILTON, Ohio — A 21-year-old woman has been charged with the death of a teenage boy Thursday morning at a Hamilton residence.

Aerial Katelynn Brazzell is charged with reckless homicide in the shooting death of Bennie Shaun Boggs Jr., 16.

Boggs, of Campbell Drive, died after apparently being shot in the 200 block of Cereal Avenue at 1:20 a.m., police said. Butler County Coroner Lisa Mannix confirmed Friday that a gunshot wound had been Boggs' cause of death.

According to police, Brazzell was “playing with a firearm, pointing it at the victim, and discharged the firearm, striking the victim in the head.” Brazzell was booked into the Butler County Jail Thursday morning at 9:39 a.m.

Reckless homicide is a third-degree felony with a maximum sentence of 36 months in prison if found guilty.

First responders took Boggs to Fort Hamilton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In a 911 call obtained by the Journal-News, a woman is heard screaming during most of the two minutes. A woman shrieks and another yells, “What is the address?” as the dispatcher tries to ask questions and send help.

After a few seconds, a woman says, “Hi, I guess there’s a kid shot here.” She was able to give an address, but hung up after saying she was in the house. There was no answer when the dispatcher called back.