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Dearborn Couple Charged in Non-Fatal Day Care Shootings

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Timothy Eubanks, 32 (DOB: 11/21/1984), and his wife Samantha Eubanks, 32 (DOB: 09/29/1985), both of Dearborn, in connection with the non-fatal shootings of two young children while in an unlicensed daycare operated in the couple's home in the 3600 block of Harding in the City of Dearborn. On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the defendants are expected to turn themselves in to be processed and arraigned in 19th District Court at 11:30 a.m. before Judge Gene Hunt.

On September 27, 2017, it is alleged that Timothy Eubanks left the home, knowingly leaving two handguns unsecured in an upstairs bedroom and knowing that the guns could endanger the lives his six children. The Eubank's older children, ages 10, 12, and 15, were at school at the time of the shootings. On the same day, it is alleged that Samantha Eubanks knew handguns were upstairs that could endanger the lives of her children. In addition, she was allegedly operating an unlicensed daycare with two three-year-old boys, a one-year-old infant boy, three girls, ages four months, one year and three years of age, knowing that handguns were upstairs that could endanger the lives of the children in daycare.

On the morning of the shooting it is alleged that Ms. Eubanks was on first floor of the couple's house, watching six children in the unlicensed day care. It is also alleged that at approximately 10:19 a.m., she heard a noise upstairs in the house and discovered that her one of her three-year-old sons went upstairs, found an unsecured weapon in the bedroom and shot one three-year-old boy in the face and another three-year-old in the shoulder. Dearborn police were dispatched to the scene at 10:24 a.m. The injured children were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The boy shot in the shoulder has been released from the hospital. The boy shot in the face remains in the hospital and is receiving treatment. The Eubanks six children have been removed from the home and have been placed with relatives.

Charges for Timothy Eubanks - Six counts of Child Abuse Second DegreeDefendant Timothy Eubanks is alleged to have knowingly and intentionally to have committed an act likely to cause serious physical harm, specifically leaving loaded firearms accessible to his six children. He has been charged with six counts of Child Abuse - Second Degree*. The counts appear on the complaint and information as:

Count 1 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Son, 3 years old at time of shooting (DOB: 10/31/2014);

Count 2 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Son, 3 years old at time of shooting (DOB: 10/31/2014);

Count 3 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Daughter - 5 years old;

Count 4 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Daughter - 10 years old;

Count 5 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Son - 12 years old;

Count 6 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Daughter - 15 years old.

Charges for Samantha Eubanks - Twelve counts of Child Abuse Second Degree and Two counts of Felony Firearm

Defendant Samantha Eubanks has been charged with two counts of Child Abuse Second Degree and two counts of Felony Firearm pertaining to the two three year olds that were shot.* She is alleged to have caused serious physical harm to the two children by agreeing to provide daycare and accepting them into her home without ensuring that the children were protected from know hazards, i.e. loaded firearms accessible to children.

She has been charged with four counts of Child Abuse Second Degree pertaining to the children who were not shot that were receiving daycare services*. It is alleged that she knowingly and intentionally committed an act likely to cause serious physical harm by agreeing to provide daycare and accepting them into her home without ensuring that the children were protected from know hazards, i.e. loaded firearms accessible to children.

Defendant Eubanks is charged six counts of with Child Abuse Second Degree pertaining to her six children.* She is alleged to have knowingly and intentionally committed an act likely to cause serious physical harm by maintaining a home environment without ensuring that her children were protected from known hazards, i.e., loaded firearms accessible to her children.

The counts appear on the complaint and information as:

Count 7 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Male child - 3 years old - shooting victim;

Count 8 - Felony Firearm - Male child - 3 years old - shooting victim;

Count 9 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Male child - 3 years old - shooting victim;

Count 10 - Felony Firearm - Male child - 3 years old - shooting victim;

Count 11 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Female infant - 4 months old;

Count 12 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Female toddler - 1 year old;

Count 13 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Male toddler - 1 year old;

Count 14 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Female toddler - 1 year old;

Count 15 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Son, 3 years old at time of shooting (DOB: 10/31/2014);

Count 16 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Son, 3 years old at time of shooting (DOB: 10/31/2014);

Count 17 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Daughter - 5 years old;

Count 18 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Son - 12 years old;

Count 19 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Daughter - 10 years old;

Count 20 - Child Abuse Second Degree - Female Teen - 15 years old.

Prosecutor Worthy said, "I will continue to state emphatically and often that it is extremely dangerous to have firearms in a home accessible to children. It is alleged that, in this case, the defendants' home was a day care center with firearms that were accessible and two very young children were seriously injured. It is an understatement to say that this cannot and should not ever be tolerated."

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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