Homicide

Parents of boy shot in the head cleaned up evidence before calling 911, police say

Parents of boy shot in the head cleaned up evidence before calling 911, police say

The parents of a 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head in their Phoenix home put off calling 911 as they cleaned up evidence in multiple rooms of the house, police said Wednesday, calling it a case that "shocks your conscience."

Wendy Lavarnia told police that her 2-year-old son found a gun on a bed and accidentally shot his older brother Monday. Police cast doubt on her story as they launched a murder investigation against the 28-year-old woman and her ex-convict husband, Kansas Lavarnia.

Police became suspicious of the mother's story when they found inconsistencies in her account and when the boy's father showed up at the home with a crudely bandaged gunshot...

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