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Mar 28, 2012 10:41 AM by AP

Man acquitted of shooting death of 3-year-old

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man accused of second-degree murder for leaving an unattended gun that killed a 3-year-old-boy has been acquitted.

The defense contended that Brashaun Blue was shot in the face in November 2010 after finding the gun in a couch. Tyrone Brown was his caretaker that night and told police that he did not awaken when the shot was fired. He said he found the mortally wounded boy the next morning when we went to answer the doorbell.

The Times-Picayune reports that Criminal District Judge Frank Zibilich ruled Tuesday that nothing Brown did amounted to a crime and acquitted him.

Brown had opted to have the judge, rather than a jury, hear his case.

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