Timothy Eubanks. Credit WWJ/Zarah Huber

Man Gets Probation In Non-Fatal Shootings At Dearborn Daycare

February 16, 2019 - 2:13 pm

DEARBORN (WWJ/AP) - A man who helped run an unlicensed in-home daycare in Dearborn where his 3-year-old son accidentally shot and wounded two other children has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Timothy Eubanks pleaded guilty last year to six counts of second-degree child abuse in connection with the September 2017 shooting at his family's home, on Harding Street near Outer Drive and Rotunda. 

Though he was facing up to 10 years behind bars, the judge told Eubanks during a sentencing hearing Friday that she wasn't sending him to prison because she wants him to start a national gun safety education campaign. 

Police say Eubanks' son found one of his guns unsecured in an upstairs bedroom and shot two other 3-year-old kids. One child was struck in the face and the other was struck in the shoulder. The victims survived but suffered serious injuries and need long-term care. Officials say the gun was one of several stored improperly in the home. 

His wife, Samantha Eubanks, also faces charges. Police say she was watching six children, including three of her own, when the shooting happened. She's charged with 12 counts of second-degree child abuse and two counts of felony firearms violations. The status of her case is unknown, though she may head to trial. 

The couple's six children were placed with relatives after the shooting.