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IGETEVEN 07-17-2009 06:05 PM

Speaking of children...Child shoots intruder during home break-in

Child shoots intruder during home break-in
Posted: July 16, 2009 08:15 PM
Updated: July 17, 2009 10:06 AM
Child shoots intruder during home break-in

Dean Favron (Picture source: West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

By David Spunt - email

PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - A ten-year-old boy left home alone with his sister used his mother's gun to shoot an intruder in the face, police said.

Late Tuesday, West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies received a call to a Port Allen apartment complex after several shots rang out from inside one of the apartments. "You are out here trying to work and for someone to come and do that and invade your home is very hard," the children's mother said. She asked to not be identified.

Deputies say Dean Favron and Roderick Porter knocked several times on the apartment door. The two young children, a ten-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl, stood on the other side, terrified. "He told his sister to be quiet and seconds later, they started kicking on the door and finally kicked the door in," said Sheriff Mike Cazes. The two children ran to their mother's bedroom closet.

In a panic, the ten-year-old grabbed his mother's gun for protection. "He did what I told him to do. I never told him to get the gun, but thank God he did," she said. Once the two suspects opened the door, threatening the kids, deputies say the boy fired a bullet into the lip of Roderick Porter. The two men were taken to the hospital, where they were later arrested. "It's just hard. I don't understand why they would do that. I know they have little brothers and sisters and they wouldn't want anyone to break into their house," said the mother.

Each man is held on $150,000 bond. A third suspect, a juvenile, was taken to a local detention center. One of the suspects, Dean Favron, just finished serving almost seven years in prison for aggravated assault on a Baton Rouge police officer and two carjacking charges. He was released on June 6th.

Both men will appear before a judge next month.

canebrake 07-17-2009 06:24 PM

I think there is more to this story.

But, I'm really of mixed minds on this whole issue. Kids (8 & 10) left home alone?? Loaded gun accessible to them???

I would be hard pressed to find a victim in this mess! I do however, think the LEO could run out of citation pads at this scene.

CA357 07-17-2009 06:29 PM

Obviously the boy didn't use enough gun. ;)

8 & 10 year olds shouldn't be left home alone.

spittinfire 07-17-2009 06:32 PM

I agree with cane.

IGETEVEN 07-17-2009 06:45 PM

Indeed, when I read this I was thinking the age of the kids were too young to be latch key kids.

orangello 07-17-2009 07:52 PM

A properly taught 10 year old boy should have, at least, a single shot shotgun, if not a small pumpgun, IMO. We're talking about Baton Rouge, not L.A.

michael a 07-17-2009 11:22 PM

I do agree that the kids should not have been alone. I have a 9y/o and a 12 y/o and i do not leave them at home alone but i bet that when our wonderful justice system lets them out of jail again they will think twice before they kick that door in again.

FTK87 07-17-2009 11:40 PM


Originally Posted by orangello (Post 130136)
A properly taught 10 year old boy should have, at least, a single shot shotgun, if not a small pumpgun, IMO. We're talking about Baton Rouge, not L.A.

I completely agree and belive that the boy did whats right, the only problem I see with this is that our legal system does not have enough common sense to know he did what was right.

WDB 07-18-2009 12:38 AM

I'm happy with the result of the break in but kids that young shouldn't be left alone and the mother shouldn't of had a loaded pistol where the kids could access it. I think we have all read too many stories about young kids playing with parents loaded firearms with tragic results.

At least this time the gun was pointed at a bad guy. The kid did a great job but the parent has issues.

dynastyofnext 07-18-2009 06:12 AM

The 10yr old knew where the loaded gun was, and that he could use it to protect his sister? I think the mom is holding something back; maybe she did train him to use it. How does a 10yr old put rounds in two guys, but not just any shot a head shot. The kid must be Dirty Harry's son or something.

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