MPD: Stepfather of 7-year-old shooting victim arrested

Kenneth Sims
Kenneth Sims

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Kenneth Sims, 35, father of 7-year-old J’Daun Hill Sims, was arrested Wednesday night for second degree assault.

Mobile Police told FOX10 News Sims was arrested at the very house his son was shot at earlier in the day. Police said Sims was seeking revenge on who he thought was responsible for his son’s death. Police also confirmed Wednesday J’Daun’s death was accidental.

“[Kenneth] was armed at the time that he entered the home. While family members were trying to get him out of the home, he did cause some very minor injuries to two adults that were inside of the home,” said Ashley Rains with the Mobile Police Department. “While there was an altercation outside, Mr. Sims also produced a handgun and begin to fire. One person that he was in an altercation with was actually struck in the hand.”

All three people who were injured were treated and released on the scene. Investigators are still looking for answers from the father.

“We still need to get his side of the story as to what happened with going into the home with the knife and discharging the gun while he was involved in the altercation,” said Rains. “There’s not going to be charges filed at this time. There was no criminal negligence that led to J’Daun’s death.”

Police said the gun the boy got a hold of was owned by a family member who was in the home at the time of the shooting.

District Attorney Ashley Rich said no charges will be filed at this time.

“The investigative unit with our office has been working with the Mobile Police Department homicide team in regards to the investigation of the shooting that occurred yesterday. We are moving forward with our investigation. At this time there will not be any charges filed but their case will be reviewed by a Mobile County grand jury in the future once the investigation is complete,” said Rich. “We look at each case individually, but in the past, in some circumstances, we have filed charges for criminally negligent homicide. I’m not saying that’s what we’re going to do here. It will be up to a grand jury to make a determination. But if any charges were considered it would be for criminal and negligent homicide which is a misdemeanor in the state of Alabama.”

J’Daun Hill Sims was at home with his mom and other siblings Wednesday morning when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a handgun. The gun was owned by a family member inside the home.

Mobile Police Department is still investigating the case.

FOX10 News will continue to follow this story for you.

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