MT. AUBURN, OH (FOX19) - A 13-year-old charged in the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy has 13 prior contacts with Hamilton County Juvenile Court, an assistant prosecutor said Friday.
The 13-year-old is accused of recklessly handling a shotgun when it went off and killed Surrell Gaines last week on Vine Street in Mt. Auburn.
He is charged with reckless homicide, having weapons under disability and tampering with evidence. He ran off with the gun, which has not been recovered, court records show.
A family member told FOX19 NOW that the teen was playing with a gun in a parking lot with his friends when it went off July 30.
"We are still trying to put the pieces together," said police spokesman Lt. Steve Saunders.
"We feel for the family of the victim in this situation and certainly the other people impacted by the violence in the community."
The 13-year-old made his first court appearance in the case Friday. He denied the charges.
An assistant juvenile prosecutor asked a juvenile magistrate to set a high cash bond due to the teen's lengthy record and the violent offense.
The teen has convictions for burglary, theft and probation violation, court records show. He also has a failure to appear.
In fact, a warrant was out for the teen's arrest at the time of the shooting, court records show.
He cut off his court-ordered ankle monitoring device in April after the burglary offense and went "AWOL" the past four months.
The teen will continue to be held without bond at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Facility.
He is scheduled to return to juvenile court for a pretrial hearing at 9 a.m. Aug. 21.
A legal guardian was not in court for him Friday because his mother could not attend.
His mother also was not in court Thursday because she had to work, records show. He made a brief appearance on the probation violation.
His grandmother attended court both days. She declined comment Friday.
A guardian ad litem has been appointed to investigate what solutions would be in the teen's best interests.