Police Chief: 10 to 15 minutes passed before authorities called to shooting of 5-year-old; 2 arrested

Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 4:32 PM CST
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Jennings, LA (KPLC) - Ten to 15 minutes elapsed between the time a 5-year-old was shot and the time authorities were called, Jennings officials said Friday.

Five-year-old Adaun Gains died at a local hospital Thursday evening.

Gains was shot in the upper chest with a stolen 9 mm handgun, Jennings Police Chief Danny Semmes said.

Two people have been arrested. Desome Daniels, 26, who was supposed to be supervising the children, is facing several charges.

Semmes said at some point, Daniels left the children alone. Semmes said police are working to determine whether he was in the home when Adaun was shot.

“During that time (before authorities were called), Desome hid the gun underneath the house and also disposed of some marijuana that he had been smoking,” Semmes said.

The gun was found under the front porch of the house, the police chief said.

Kurstin Richard, 26, the mother of some of the children in the home, knew Daniels was a drug user, yet left the children with him anyway, Semmes said. She was also in possession of the stolen firearm and left it unattended, he said.

Five children - ages 3 to 6 years old - were in the home with Daniels at the time of the shooting, Semmes said. The kids found the handgun in one of the back bedrooms - one of the children was playing with it and it fired, striking Adaun in the chest.

“These children were very familiar with the aspect of this gun which tells me that somebody in the house was handling this firearm in front of these children,” Semmes said.

Neighbor Rose Hebert said she called 911 after Daniels knocked on her door. The call came in at 5:27 p.m. Thursday, Semmes said.

“You know what, he had a phone in his hand, why didn’t he call the damn police,” Hebert said. “I’m sorry, I’m so upset. He told me that somebody got shot and were walking casually back over here.”

Adaun’s mother was at work at the time of the shooting. She left her children in the care of Richard and was not aware Daniels was watching the children. She is not facing any charges.

Semmes said a warrant may also be issued for a 17-year-old male who brought the stolen gun to the residence.

Semmes said it’s the second time within a year a child was shot in Jennings. The other involved a 3-year-old being shot.

Desome Daniels

  • Principal to negligent homicide
  • 5 counts of cruelty to juveniles.
  • 5 counts of improper supervision of a minor.
  • 2 counts of obstruction of justice.
  • 5 counts of drugs in possession of a minor.
  • Possession of a stolen firearm.

Kurstin Richard

  • Possession of a stolen firearm.
  • Possession of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon.