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16-year-old held in Riviera Beach child's shooting appears in court.

Teen is charged with tampering evidence, perjury
Posted at 5:05 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 18:39:32-04

A 16-year-old will remain in detention in connection with the shooting death of a four-year-old girl in Riviera Beach.

A Palm Beach County judge ordered the teen to be charged with tampering with evidence and perjury in a non-official proceeding Tuesday.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the teen was in the Riviera Beach home where Amirra Jacques found an unattended gun and shot herself with it on September 18.

He admitted to detectives on the scene that he had seen a gun on a bed in the home prior to the shooting, according to the affidavit.

The teen told Nathaniel Lowe, the victim's uncle, to get rid of the gun, according to the affidavit. 

Lowe is also being held in connection with the shooting. He faces charges of Culpable Negligence (Firearm/ Minor), Tampering with Evidence, Felon in Possession of Firearm and Grand Theft Firearm.  

It was the juvenile who got rid of the gun after Jacques was shot, police said.

Later, after questioning, police say the teen took them to an area two streets from the scene where the gun was located.

The judge ordered the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide grief counseling for the teen.

“Under any circumstance, the child is going through a traumatic event,” said judge James Martz.

The family declined to comment to as they left the courtroom. 

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