UPDATED: 12-Year-Old Killed in Accidental Shooting; Parents Charged

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)(UPDATED 4:27 p.m.) A 12-year-old boy died in an accidental shooting, and now the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office has charged the parents with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

Donnie Holmes, 41, and Yolanda Jackson, 40, are both charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter and two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Holmes also faces two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.

Both are being held on cash-only bonds — Jackson’s bond is $200,000, and Holmes’ bond is $300,000.

Investigators have ruled the incident as an accidental shooting.

Police say the 12-year-old victim, Damian Holmes, and his 9-year-old brother were home alone Tuesday night when they began playing with a gun, which accidentally discharged, striking Damian in the head.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Homicide and child abuse teams are conducting a joint investigation, and the investigation is ongoing.

Our previous reporting is as follows:

St. Louis police say a 12-year-old was shot to death late Tuesday night on the south side of town. The incident happened about 11.

Homicide detectives are working the case, and evidence is being gathered from a home on Michigan Avenue near Cherokee.

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