Authorities issued a news release after a closed hearing Tuesday involving the shooting death of a 4-year-old Hastings boy by his 9-year-old brother.
Adams County Attorney Donna Fegler Daiss said that all future hearings regarding the case will be closed, as well. Also, documents in the court file will be sealed.
Attorneys in the case will make no future public comment, the release stated.
The Adams County Public Defender’s Office was previously appointed to represent the boy and a guardian ad litem was appointed to ensure the juvenile’s best interests are represented.
“At this time the court is ensuring that the needs and interests of the juvenile are paramount while protecting the safety of the juvenile’s family and the public,” Fegler wrote in the release.
The boy is not being identified due to his age.
On Thursday, Daiss filed a juvenile manslaughter charge against the boy. Unlike a criminal case, an allegation in a juvenile petition can’t lead to jail or prison.
The primary purpose of the juvenile court is to rehabilitate a juvenile and/or ensure that necessary services are provided to address issues which may have brought the juvenile to the attention of the court.
Officers were called to 907 N. Saunders Ave. April 18 for a report of a boy being shot in the head by a rifle. Beau Pecor, 4, was transported to Mary Lanning Healthcare, but later died at the hospital.