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Mother, boyfriend facing multiple charges after 6-year-old shot, killed

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Investigators in the 6300 block of Minnie after a girl was shot and killed Monday (Credit: KMOV) Investigators in the 6300 block of Minnie after a girl was shot and killed Monday (Credit: KMOV)
Jeramee Ramey and Ebony Jones are facing multiple charges after Jones' 6-year-old daughter was shot and killed Monday (Credit: Police) Jeramee Ramey and Ebony Jones are facing multiple charges after Jones' 6-year-old daughter was shot and killed Monday (Credit: Police)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The mother of a 6-year-old girl and her boyfriend are facing multiple charges after her daughter was shot and killed Monday morning.

Mi’Kenzi Bostic was shot and killed while inside her home on Minnie Avenue, near Goodfellow and Florissant, in north St. Louis around 1:30 a.m. According to authorities, the girl was pronounced dead on the scene.  

Bostic's 27-year-old mother, Ebony Jones, and her boyfriend, 31-year-old Jeramee Ramey, were taken into police custody for questioning following the shooting. According to police, the duo were asleep inside the house at the time of the incident.

"At one o'clock in the morning when a 9-year-old is able to get to a gun and shoot a 6-year-old there aren't adequate safeguards in place in that house," said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

Three other children, ages 9, 4 and 3, were also inside the house at the time of the shooting.  

According to court documents, when police arrived at the home, they found a loaded 9mm handgun with an extended magazine sitting on a box in the entryway outside the room Bostic was in. Jones reportedly told police Ramey brought the gun into the home.

Ramey told police he and Jones had smoked narcotics and fell asleep in the front room of the house earlier in the evening, leaving the handgun unsecured on the floor and the children unsupervised.

Court documents state the 9-year-old inside the home shot Bostic while handling the gun after asking her to retrieve it.

Dotson said, "Do I believe that a 9-year-old can make a rational decision in this case? No, I don't. Do I believe it was an accident? I hope it was and I do believe it is."

Tuesday morning, officials announced Jones and Ramey had each been charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

"It sends a message that we have to take gun ownership seriously that parents have to be parents and they have to be aware of what their children are doing," said Dotson. 

"I've got little sisters and brothers too and I can't even picture how I would feel or how I would react on something like this," said one neighbor who did not want to reveal his name. 

The shooting hit home for people living in the neighborhood, they want to know what happened and why.

"It's doing something now to even think a 6-year-old lost her life over something we basically have no control over," said the neighbor.

"The parents in the house need to be more careful, not saying they shouldn't have guns in the house, they just need to be more careful with the kids in the house," said a neighbor.

Bill Jacobs, who lives in the area, said, "If ya'll got guns in the house and ya'll got kids, I just feel like they weren't paying enough attention to those kids, there's some other stuff people need to investigate."

We tried to reach out to the family, but no one was home. While neighbors we spoke with said they don't know them very well, they're thinking about them during this tragic time.

"My condolences go out to the family, my prayers go out to the family ‘cause I mean that ain't nothing to be proud of or nothing to be excited about," a neighbor said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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