Teen charged with shooting 4-year-old sister

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A 14-year-old Memphis boy has been taken to Juvenile Court after his younger sister was shot in the leg with a shotgun.

Police said Martavious Webb ran after the incident Thursday night, but returned home early Friday morning.

His 4-year-old sister Cathereen, was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, where her grandmother, Elaine Johnson, said she was recovering.

"Catherine is doing fine. She's doing great," Johnson said.

Thursday afternoon, the four year old was shot in the leg by her 14-year-old brother, with a gun that relatives said was locked up inside their home.   After shooting his sister, Webb disappeared.  His grandmother released a photo of Webb, and a plea for him to come home.

Police located Webb around 2:30 Friday morning.

"Thankfully this appears on the surface, I think, everybody agrees that this was an accident. A horrible, horrible accident," attorney Gray Bartlett said.

But Youth Services isn't certain just how the young teen, who has been in trouble before, got a hold of the weapon.  So they ordered Webb to remain in juvenile custody until his trial.

"He's scared," Bartlett said. "He's ready to go home. He wants to be with his family."

While Webb waited in the juvenile jail, his family spent the day going from the courtroom to a hospital room to visit a 4 year old Catherine.  Johnson said the child's improving health was giving the family hope in the midst of the tragedy.

"Since I have a moment I want to say thank you Lord," she's said. "That's all I want to say."

Police said he has been charged with aggravated assault.

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