Mother of 8-year-old killed in shooting from unsecured gun, charged

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Erica Sade Graham — A mother has been charged in connection with the death of her 8-year-old daughter , who was killed when her 10-year-old brother found a gun and fired it

The shooting happened at 11:52 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 13) in the 8840 block of Heyden Street.

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Erica Sade Graham
Erica Sade Graham : Mother of 8-year-old killed in shooting from unsecured gun, charged

Officials said a 10-year-old boy found an unsecured handgun while he and his 8-year-old sister were home alone. He fired the gun and struck his sister, according to authorities.

The girl was rushed to a nearby fire house, where medical officials picked her up and took her to the hospital. She was pronounced dead on arrival, officials said.

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Erica Sade Graham, 31, of Detroit, was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter, two counts of second-degree child abuse, and three felony firearm violations.

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She was arraigned Thursday afternoon at 36th District Court and is being held on $150,000 personal bond. She must wear a GPS tether and be confined to her home, if released.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 30, and a preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Oct. 7.

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