Idaho boy charged in shooting death of 10-year-old girl in Bear Lake County

Obituary photo of Ariel May Gerstlauer.

MONTPELIER, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say an Idaho boy has been charged with a felony in the deadly shooting of a 10-year-old girl.

The Idaho State Journal reports the Bear Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday the involuntary manslaughter charge in the death last month of Ariel May Gerstlauer.

Authorities say the Blackfoot third grader was shot once in the head while visiting family at a camper trailer near Montpelier.

Bear Lake County Sheriff Bart Heslington says the boy will not be prosecuted as an adult.

He says the boy is under age 17, but he did not give his age or name.

He says authorities do not believe the boy intentionally shot Gerstlauer, but he declined to provide additional details about the shooting.

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1 Comment

  • KA July 12, 2019 at 8:16 am Reply

    What about the person who recklessly left their loaded gun laying around? Why aren’t they being charged?

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