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Man who shot 9-year-old boy in head dies in D.C. Jail

Jail cell (File photo)

The man who shot a 9-year-old boy in the head in Oct. 2014 in Northeast Washington died in a D.C. Jail on May 18, officials say.

Kenneth Parker, 28, was held in general population at the Central Detention Facility, according to a statement released by the D.C. Department of Corrections.

While they were making security rounds, officers found Parker unresponsive in his cell and tried to resuscitate him.

D.C. Fire/EMS was called and continued life-saving efforts as they took Parker to George Washington Hospital Center. He was pronounced dead there.

Jaydan Stancil was struck in the head by a flying bullet from Parker meant for someone else on Oct. 3, 2014 while he was playing outside the Mayfair Mansions apartment complex in Northeast Washington. With no time to wait for an ambulance to arrive, Metropolitan Police officers rushed the boy to the hospital, where doctors gave him just 45 minutes to live.

Parker was in jail for another case and faced a 14-count indictment for shooting Stancil.

Stancil made a miraculous recovery and survived. ABC7 News aired a report from November 4, 2014 on his recovery.

Stancil proved to be a fighter; he survived numerous surgeries and countless hours of therapy. A bullet was still lodged in his brain and his legs were partially paralyzed, he was strong enough to return home. He walked out of MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital on his own on Dec. 31, 2014.

This story has been updated, Friday, May 19, 2017


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