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12-year-old girl admits to accidentally killing mother, officials say

Parents want stronger gun safety laws

Gun safety advocates need to study the risks of firearms and treat them like any other public health threat.

A 12-year-old boy first killed his mother after lying to detectives about what happened, according to authorities.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Alabama said lawmakers were investigating the death of a 29-year-old woman in Forestdale, Alabama, on Monday. started. The woman was identified as Ayobii Kuk.

During the investigation, detectives determined that Cook's 12-year-old son (whose name was not disclosed) unintentionally fired a gun and beat her mother to death. 

"The child initially fabricated a story that detectives deemed impossible," the sheriff's office said in a news release. "The kid ended up telling the truth about what happened." Investigators say the evidence supports the shooting was unintentional.

The boy's family, who he plans to live with, is supportive, according to the police. This case is resolved through the family court system.

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Regarding the first news release incident, when police arrived on the scene, there was no sign of a forced entry into the home, but a man had fled the house just before 911 was called. 

CBS News has contacted the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and is awaiting a response. 

Cooke's husband, Juan Cooke, said that Cooke was known as "Yo" or "Yoyo". He posted on Facebook that funeral arrangements would be made for August 12. "Orange was the sun's favorite color.

CBS News reached out to Djuan Cook and is awaiting a response."

By 2022, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit organization opposing gun reform and gun violence,There were at least 169 unintentional shootings by children in the United States this year, with 74 people killed and 104 injured in shootings by children in the United States this year.

Unintentional shootings by children in the United States last year 163 dead and 248 injured. 

According to Everytown, approximately 3 million children and teens are exposed to gun violence each year.

A Nationwide Children's Hospital study found that parents believed hiding guns prevented their children from touching them. However, 75% of children living in homes with guns know where they are kept. 

Even children as young as 3 can fire a gun, research suggests.Nationwide Children's said, 

, you may not be able to tell the difference between a toy gun and a real gun.Even unpowered firearms like BB guns, which some people consider toys, can cause serious injuries. 

Caitlin O'Kane

Caitlin O'K ane is his producer of digital content covering trending stories for CBS News and its news his brand, The Uplift.

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