Samantha Eubanks is a 31-year-old mom to six children. She also runs a day care out of her Michigan home.
Sadly, two children in Eubanks’s care were shot Wednesday after another child in her care found a handgun in the home. According to Eubanks’s sister, Ashley Escobedo, she didn’t believe her sister allowed guns in her home:
“She would always say don’t you ever bring a gun in this house, it’s not going to happen.”
Escobedo, who also paid her sister to watch her own kids, continued by telling the Detroit News:
“My sister totally hates guns. This would be her worst nightmare.”
As the Independent reported, authorities suggest that after the toddler found the loaded handgun, the gun then discharged once or twice, hitting two 3-year-olds.
According to the police, one was hit in the shoulder, while the other was hit in the face. Both children were in serious, but stable condition. The Independent reported that “at least one child is expected to make a full recovery.”
Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad told reporters following the accidental shooting:
“I’m not going to guess on what occurred in there, but obviously there were weapons in proximity to where kids are, and that’s totally unacceptable to me.”
“We’re going to pray these two young kids are going to be OK. However it shakes out, it’s a tragedy for our entire community.”
Longtime neighbor, Mary Ramadan, called the incident “horrible,” adding she constantly saw kids running around the house:
“It makes you wonder: how that could happen? How could you have all those kids in your house and have firearms sitting out loaded that they can get a hold of?”
As RTE reported, citing WXYZ, Michigan law does allow guns at childcare facilities, but it also requires them to be unloaded, locked away, and out of reach of minors. However, as the Independent reported, citing the Detroit News, Eubanks’s home was not licensed by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs as a child care home.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Eubanks’s own children who permanently live in the home were sent to live with family members while the investigation continues. Eubanks is said to love caring for children.
Authorities are currently meeting with prosecutors to determine if charged will be filed.