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Boy Remains Critical After Being Made A Target

October 2, 1987

CINCINNATI (AP) _ A 27-year-old man who said he was trying to ″sting″ a 9-year-old boy allegedly shot the boy with a pellet gun from his basement apartment window, police said Thursday.

Kenneth Slaughter, an honor student, was in critical condition Thursday night in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital Medical Center with a pellet lodged in his brain.

At first, officials believed that Slaughter had fallen off his bike on Wednesday evening and hit his head on a parked car, but tests at the hospital revealed the pellet in his brain.

Barry L. Siciliano has been charged with felonious assault. He was held in the Hamilton County Justice Center in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Cincinnati homicide investigator Robert Hennekes said Slaughter was riding his bicycle in the parking lot of the apartment building where Siciliano lives when the shot was fired out a window.

″He said he just wanted to sting the kid,″ Hennekes said, quoting Siciliano’s statement to police.