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The boy shot his caregiver in the head

An 8-year-old Louisiana boy has shot and killed his caregiver, and the video game "Grand Theft Auto IV" is being blamed for his actions.

The incident took place in a mobile home park near Slaughter, Louisiana, and the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office has ruled it a homicide. 

The boy, whose name has not been released, reportedly took a gun and shot his elderly caregiver -- identified as Marie Smothers, a woman of about 87-90 years old (her age hasn't been confirmed yet) -- in the head. The gun is believed to be Smothers'.

The boy said it was an accident, but officers believe it was intentional. The theory is that the boy took the gun and shot Smothers in the head while she was watching TV.

According to reports, officers noted that the boy was playing "Grand Theft Auto IV" right before the murder occurred. The child's motivation for the murder hasn't been confirmed as violence learned from the video game, but reports are leaning in that direction. They seem to be just assumptions with no real evidence. 

Grand Theft Auto IV

Reports also note that the child had a normal and loving relationship with Smothers.

The child has been released into the custody of his parents and likely won't be charged for the crime considering his age, according to Huffington Post

Whether or not video games lead to violent behavior has been a question under review for some time now. Many conflicting studies have been conducted on the subject, but none provide definitive evidence for or against the claim.

For instance, a 2011 study by researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) found that the brain becomes less responsive to violence after excessive and short exposure -- meaning that video game violence leads to an increase in aggression as the line between appropriate behavior and inappropriate behavior is blurred. 

The National Rifle Association (NRA) even blamed violent video games for violent crimes earlier this year after the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. 

However, a 2007 study by Texas A&M International University researchers in Laredo, Texas found no real link between violent video games and aggressive behavior. 

"Grand Theft Auto" is a video game series that allows gamers to engage in motor vehicle theft within the game. It has strong adult themes, such as the use of weapons and even sexual content, and it is rated "M" for mature. 

Source: Huffington Post

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RE: Rated 'M'
By tng on 8/26/2013 5:30:40 PM , Rating: 0

Responsibility, easy word to remember, pity so many parents or "caregivers" forget.

So really, what is the backstory here? 8 year old left with Grams? Where is the real mom and dad? Can we just sum this up by saying "Trailer Park Trash"?

RE: Rated 'M'
By ClownPuncher on 8/26/2013 5:53:10 PM , Rating: 3
Accidents happen to the best society has to offer, too. It was just a completely avoidable accident.

RE: Rated 'M'
By tng on 8/26/2013 6:43:23 PM , Rating: 2
Accidents happen to the best society has to offer, too.
Yes they do and for the same reasons as well.

Just wondering if the trailer park is the kids home or just where his babysitter lives, or lived.

RE: Rated 'M'
By mi1400 on 8/27/13, Rating: -1
RE: Rated 'M'
By ClownPuncher on 8/27/2013 11:44:17 AM , Rating: 2
u wot m8?

RE: Rated 'M'
By MZperX on 8/27/2013 11:55:08 AM , Rating: 2
You don't reflect much credit on your own DNA with this post. :-/

RE: Rated 'M'
By WiiKnee on 8/29/2013 8:56:59 AM , Rating: 1
Why isn't there an option in my browser to translate this message?

RE: Rated 'M'
By FaaR on 8/27/2013 6:18:50 AM , Rating: 3
Where is the real mom and dad? Can we just sum this up by saying "Trailer Park Trash"?

If kid is with gramma, presumably the parents are working. Could be passed out drunk at a bar too, who the hell knows, but as the article doesn't say that I don't think there's cause for assuming something in that direction. Also, where do you get the impression they're "trailer park trash"? What a disgustingly fascist way to express yourself.

RE: Rated 'M'
By tng on 8/27/2013 5:54:47 PM , Rating: 2
Also, where do you get the impression they're "trailer park trash"?
Oh the irony, you are so upset that I had the nerve to imply that they were possibly trailer park trash then call me a fascist.

As to where I came up with that, here you are...
The incident took place in a mobile home park near Slaughter, Louisiana

Again, a caregiver? Mom and dad are absent and not even included in the story, 8 year old left to play a game that even I think is to violent for my tastes... If you don't get the association from that, you don't live in the US or haven't for very long and shouldn't talk.

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