In Florida, a 23-year-old mother was killed by her younger brother Sunday during a family argument over Christmas presents, authorities said.
The argument began when Abrielle Baldwin, her two sons, ages 6 and 10 months, were shopping Sunday evening with her two teenage brothers, ages 15 and 14, and their mother, the County Sheriff’s Office said. Pinellas, Bob Gualtieri.
Baldwin’s 14-year-old brother was apparently upset that his older brother received more gifts than him, sparking an argument, the sheriff said.
“So they made this family spit on who was getting what and what money was being spent on who,” Gualtieri told reporters Tuesday.
The family eventually left the store and went to Baldwin’s grandmother’s home, where the arguments continued.
While at the residence, the 14-year-old pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot his older brother in the head, authorities said.
Family members at the home attempted to separate the teens. The younger teen then began arguing with Baldwin and threatened to shoot him and her 10-month-old son.
He then allegedly shot her in the chest with a .40 caliber handgun. The baby was in a baby carrier and was not injured. When the 15-year-old came out of the house, he pulled out his own .45-caliber handgun and shot his brother in the stomach.
The older teen ran from the scene and threw the gun, Gualtieri said. The younger teen who allegedly shot Baldwin was hospitalized in stable condition and will be taken into custody upon release.
Local prosecutors will review the case and decide whether to charge him as an adult for his sister’s murder, the sheriff said.
The 15-year-old was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.
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