Boy Charged After Fatally Shooting 15-Year-Old Girlfriend

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 16-year-old boy has been charged with delinquency by reason of aggravated murder after fatally shooting his 15-year-old girlfriend in the head.

Sherod Franks told relatives that the gun fired accidentally when Monique Davis grabbed the revolver as he tried to leave her home Saturday afternoon.

Monique died Sunday at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

She had been on life support after the shooting Saturday, said her grandfather, Oscar Jones. Monique had known Franks for about two years, Jones said.

Detectives found a .38-caliber pistol in Monique's house. Her 8-year-old sister, Sabrina, witnessed the shooting.

Franks was with his aunt, Bernadette Morris, when he was arrested.

"He was crying, he was distraught, he wasn't together at all," Morris said. "He said he was going to kill himself because he shot his girlfriend."

Franks has also been charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence and is being held at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Home.

He had recently spent six months in the custody of the Ohio Department of Youth Services, a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court spokeswoman said.

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