The preliminary investigation found the child died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The child found the gun inside the drawer of a bedroom nightstand.
The victim has been identified as Christian Johnnson (5-years-old).
This is a death investigation. The case will be referred to the Anchorage District Attorney’s office for possible charges.
This is a tragic reminder about gun safety and children. Don’t leave guns unattended and easily accessible, use a gun lock or secure guns in a safe.
APD Case: 17-49834
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Palmer Superior Court Judge Vanessa White referenced a case she presided over that recently gained media attention.
“It so happens, I just finished a trial for a young man who was charged with some assaults and slipped his very well-intentioned third parties in the middle of the night and went out and kidnapped and assaulted the same victim again, so, I’m sort of hyper-vigilant at this point, perhaps more hyper-vigilant than I’ve been in the past,” said White, while considering the arguments of both parties.
Jordan King awaits sentencing after re-victimizing the woman he originally assaulted after running away from his parents, who were serving as his third-party custodians.
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Congratulations Natalia Sears!
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Natalia Sears sees math as a universal language that’s applicable in real-world situations.
“There’s no reason to be scared of math,” said Sears, a high school math teacher at Dimond. “I just want them to build the confidence in math, rather than just memorize formulas.”