Boy, 6, playing with gun kills brother, 4, at their US home

 Boy, 6, playing with gun kills brother, 4, at their US home

A six-year-old boy playing with a gun killed his four-year-old brother by shooting him in the head at their home in the US.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey said the children were at their home in East Orange when the shooting occurred at about 11am local time on Saturday.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly said the child was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4.26pm.

He said the shooting was apparently an accident, and that the boy's mother, 22-year-old Itiyanah Spruill, has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and a weapons violation.

Bail was set at $310,000 and the mother was jailed, pending arraignment.

A city spokeswoman said the gun belonged to the boy's mother. It was not immediately known how the six-year-old got hold of the weapon.

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