Tragedy in Fannin Co.

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. -- Authorities are investigating the death or a four-year-old child over the weekend after an apparent accidental shooting. Now the small community of Sash is coming together to rally around the family, and others are using this tragedy as a lesson in prevention.

Residents of sash say he was a bouncing bubble of joy. Now they mourn the loss of the energetic boy they knew and loved.

Balloons line the road to Dusty Scott's house on County Road 2418. The-four-year-old was killed in what authorities describe as an accident.

Authorities say a .22-caliber rifle went off in the hands of Scott’s 10-year-old step-brother. The bullet struck the child in forehead.

Now, the tight-knit community of sash mourns along with Dusty’s family.

"I believe it will bring the community together, but it will be hard for them to get over it," says local resident Don Belk.

Police say the older brother ran to a neighbor's house for help. Their parents were not home at the time

The weekend tragedy has others in the community taking their own gun safety into account.

"It makes me want to go home and lock up my guns so me and my wife are the only ones with the key," added Belk.

Bonham police Chief Mike Bankston says he seen accidents like this very one happen in the past and he hopes others will learn from the loss of dusty.

"I encourage people to put their guns in a secure place and to use gun locks."

Now all the residents of this small Fannin County community are feeling the loss, too.

Sash is located in the northeast part of Fannin County near Lake Crockett.

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  • by anonymous Location: Sherman on Jul 20, 2007 at 10:05 PM
    These parents have suffered a horrible tragedy, but they are the ones who are responsible for it. You DO NOT, under ANY circumstances, leave children that young home alone. This is neglect as well as child endangerment, which resulted in a preventable fatality. These parents had gone to a rodeo which lasts for more than just "a little while", we're talking hours here, in which time these boys were knowingly left alone. In my opinion the issue here is NOT guns, it's neglect and child endangerment. There could have been the same end result from the child choking on food, an accidental fire, and numerous other scenarios which could have had a better outcome if the parents had been at home with the children or had at least made arrangements for a sitter. The family does have my prayers, and I'm sure that they are devastated; however the parents should have to answer to criminal charges as well. I'm not judging them, it has already been established that the children were left at home alone which is against the law. All parents need to realize that you simply do not leave young children alone for any reason. It is against the law, as well as against ALL rules of common sense. If the result is the injury or death of a child the parents should be prosecuted. Hopefully this would make other parents think twice before leaving their own small children at home alone and could hopefully save young lives.
  • by anomymous on Jul 20, 2007 at 03:04 PM
    it must be hard for any parent to bury their child...but to know they are dead because of your own stupidity and selfishness must be unbearable...
  • by anomymous Location: sherman on Jul 20, 2007 at 02:02 PM
    linda, i do feel sorry for the parents...however, the facts are the facts. they left small boys at home alone, with a loaded gun available to them, while they were out having fun, and now one of them is dead. they should have to face charges for what they have done!!
  • by cathie Location: honey grove on Jul 20, 2007 at 01:56 PM
    we have laws that keep us from leaving our animals unattended. our kids should be more important than animals. animal neglect is a felony...what about children neglect??
  • by anonymous Location: denison on Jul 20, 2007 at 01:52 PM
    linda, your right, we do need to pray for those parents...pray they never have anymore children and learn how to care for the ones they have left. i agree with deborah, they may very well be "LOVING" people..but they certainly aren't good parents!!
  • by LINDA Location: VAN ALSTYNE on Jul 20, 2007 at 07:28 AM
    You people make me sick!! This is such a tradegy and you are judging the parents, especially the mom. Insted, you need to pray for them, all of the family!!May God have mercy you for judging instead of praying for them. I know the mom and she is a very loving person and this is horrible. The whole family has a long road ahead of them and everyones support is needed here. Like one mom said, we've all made bad decisions about our kids in life, and dont pretend you havent. And to Deborah McBride in and me do not know everything about this accident and how can you blame and judge like you have?? This could have happened with the parents at home, children are courious and get into things they know they are not suppose to, they do it daily! People...stop bashing these parents...they need your prayers!!!!!!!!!!!! The whole family!!! Remember, something could happen in you life where you need prayers and quidance instead a lashing of the tongue...believe me, anything is possible in todays world. I'd rather give my love and prayers to those in need, instead of the trashing you all have given!!
  • by anonymous Location: sherman on Jul 19, 2007 at 03:13 PM
    this is to those of you that say people are making this about guns instead of the grieving family. well let me say that this IS about guns. guns and small children and some good ol common sense. really, i mean what kind of parent leaves their children home to go to a rodeo. (i guess they thought their boys wouldn't have enjoyed a rodeo.) i truly hope with all my being that they have to pay for their crime, and thats just what it is A CRIME TO LEAVE CHILDREN HOME ALONE.
  • by Anonymous Location: sherman on Jul 19, 2007 at 02:47 PM
    honeygrove full of crap!!! you said there is more to this. yea there's more-the parents were at the rodeo. why the hell wasn't the kids with them or at the babysitter. if i recall correctly , rodeos last for a good while
  • by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2007 at 07:01 AM
    Deborah you are so right. Mom in Honey Grove, you need to know that if someone is breaking into your house and you pull a gun on them that you will probably wind up with the gun used on you. There is NEVER a reason for a gun to be in the reach of a 5 year old child. The brother has my sympathy, but the parents do not. Where were they that they couldn't have taken the kids with them? I bet they wish they had taken them now!
  • by deborah mcbride Location: sherman texas on Jul 18, 2007 at 04:45 PM
    first let me say to mom of honey grove, if your that afraid of someone breaking into your house, then i suggest that you get a home alarm, a barking dog, or maybe even a can of pepper spray. DO NOT HOWEVER, leave a loaded gun somewhere that small children can find it. I have 2 grown children, and i was a single parent back in the day before daycare assistance, food stamps, and free lunches for kids. We made it, and with all the assistance made available to parents today, there is NO reason to EVER leave children alone. My sympathy is for the 10 year old, not for the irresponsible parents.
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