Mother and boyfriend charged in gun death of child

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published December 22, 2017

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DETROIT — A mother and her boyfriend have been charged in relation to the gun death of a 3-year-old child on Detroit’s east side.

Kinesha Boyd, of Detroit, the mother of 3-year-old Kyrei Boyd, was residing in the home of her boyfriend, Demetrius Peals, also of Detroit, when Peals allegedly left a loaded firearm in a location accessible to the toddler. Police say the child found the weapon and fatally shot himself.

Paramedics were called at 7:20 p.m. Dec. 6 to the residence in the 11700 block of Morang Avenue in Detroit. Kyrei Boyd was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

“It is alleged Boyd failed to provide a safe environment for her child and allowed Peals to have access to her child,” explained Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller.  “She is charged with keeping the child in safe care and out of harm and creating a safe environment, and she has been accused of failing to do so by allowing the child to have access to a gun while knowing Peals carried one.”

Furthermore, investigators said Peals knowingly tampered with evidence. Kinesha Boyd also allegedly gave police a false or misleading statement regarding her child’s death.

The exact location of the gun in the home is not being released to the public, but Miller said the specifics will be provided during the trials of Peals and Boyd. She added that the specific nature of how Peals and Boyd allegedly tampered with evidence and misled investigators could not be disclosed prior to the trial.

Peals was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of second-degree child abuse, one count of tampering with evidence and three counts of felony firearm. He was arraigned on Dec. 9 before Magistrate Allen Hindman. A probable cause conference was scheduled for Dec. 19, and a preliminary examination was scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 26, both before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston in 36th District Court. Peals received a $50,000, 10 percent bond.

Boyd has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of lying to a peace officer. She was arraigned at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 14 before Magistrate Bari Blake Wood in 36th District Court. A probable cause conference was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, and a preliminary examination was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 3. Both hearings are before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston in 36th District Court. Boyd received a $25,000 personal bond.

Neither Peals nor his attorney, Luther Glenn, wished to comment on the matter. Boyd and her attorney, Richard Glanda, could not be reached for comment prior to press time.