Glendale Father, Girlfriend Arrested On Child Abuse Charges After Boy Accidentally Shoots Himself

A Glendale father and his girlfriend have been arrested on child abuse and endangerment charges after his 4-year-old son accidentally shot himself in Glendale.

On Wednesday, officers were called to a home near 67th Avenue and Camelback Road around 10:15 a.m. where they found a young boy with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Kevin Lavell Rhymes, 44, reported to police that he was outside working on a car when he heard a shot in the house and ran inside.

His girlfriend, Laquasha Lachell Sebastian, 31, who was asleep in the bedroom at the time, woke up and called 911. She rendered  aid to the boy until first responders arrived.

The Arrest document detailed that officers on scene observed several live rifle rounds and weapons scattered through the house, including the bedroom where the child shot himself.

Police found a weapon registered to Sebastian on the bed, but investigators determined it was not the gun used in the shooting. Officers also found parts of another gun near the bed and matched a weapon that was located in the backyard that belonged to Rhymes, who also happens to not be allowed to possess a gun.

The boy was taken to a hospital for emergency surgery and has been upgraded to stable condition.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time Glendale police have been called to the home. Police records show there have been a number of calls dating to January 2023. Police have been called to the home on multiple occurrences for domestic violence issues between Rhymes and Sebastian.

During one of those instances, officers specifically issued a warning to the adults in the home about letting children play with guns after police witnessed the victim holding a weapon. The Department of Child Services was actually called after that occasion.

In another occurrence, the young boy and a dog were located at a grocery store nearby alone after the child was left at home unattended.

Rhymes and Sebastian were both taken to the Glendale Police Department for questioning and were later arrested.