By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Two children were shot the morning of Sept 27 inside a house in the 3600 block of Harding in the city’s southwest end by a toddler in the house who accessed a handgun in the house and discharged it.
Both victims, 3-year-old boys, were transported to Beaumont and Children’s hospitals for treatment of “serious wounds,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said.
One boy was hit in the face and lost an eye, police said; he remains in critical but stable condition. The second boy was hit in the shoulder and is expected to make a full recovery.
A primary investigation revealed the possibility both boys were injured from a single shot when the gun discharged.
Other children inside the house were transported to the Dearborn Police Department where families were notified to pick them up.
Police said Samantha Eubanks, 31, was the adult inside when the toddler gained access to her husband Tim Eubank’s gun. The couple have six children.
There were several children inside the house, which was being used as a daycare, Haddad said. Other weapons in addition to the gun were recovered by officers.
According to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the house is not licensed as a home daycare.
Children Protective Services is involved and the children who live in house are staying with relatives.
Charges have not been filed in the incident, but detectives are meeting with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to determine whether charges will be filed.
Detectives have conducted interviews with all people involved and are completing the investigation, according to a police department press release.
“The situation has been contained and we have identified all parties involved,” Haddad said.
Police and first responders arrived at the house following a 911 call from inside the house about 10:30 a.m.
“Our first responders were able to asses the two children rapidly and provide high end life support measures before transporting them to local hospitals,” Fire Chief Joseph Murray said.
“This entire incident is tragic for the community,” Haddad said. “We just want to pray for the kids right now and couldn’t be prouder of the joint response.”
A GoFundMe account was started by Cheryl May, who is the grandmother of the boy shot in the shoulder. A goal of $10,000 has been set to pay for family and medical expenses.
To donate go to www.gofundme.com/4i3ci1k.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected].)