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Family: Man killed girlfriend’s son while playing ‘zombies’

November 7, 2018

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (AP) — The family of a 6-year-old boy says he was shot and killed by his mother’s boyfriend in Georgia while they were playing “zombies.”

Laura Stamey tells WRDW-TV that her grandson Ryder was playing with her daughter’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Benjamin Goodson, when Goodson shot Ryder. Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen says the boy died Monday night at a home in Hephzibah.

The county sheriff’s office says Goodson was taken into custody and charged with murder, child cruelty and other offenses. The arrest report says Goodson shot Ryder in the chest with a shotgun. It says the gun didn’t fire at first, so he had to pull the hammer back and aim and shoot again. Alcohol may have been involved.

It’s unclear if Goodson has a lawyer who could comment.

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Information from: WRDW-TV, http://www.wrdw.com/

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