I shot dad, boy, 10, tells op­er­a­tor

Pan­icked call de­tails killing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

AL­BU­QUERQUE: A record­ing of a six-minute tele­phone call to emer­gency dis­patch­ers de­tails the mo­ments af­ter a 10-year-old boy al­legedly shot his fa­ther in the head with a shot­gun.

“Just get a doc­tor over here!” the des­per­ate boy begs the op­er­a­tor on the night of Au­gust 27. “Please hurry up. It looks like he’s dy­ing.”

His fa­ther, 42-year-old Bryon Hilburn, was on the floor, still breath­ing, when po­lice ar­rived at the fam­ily’s home in Be­len, just south of Al­bu­querque. He died later that night in hospi­tal.

Now, the boy faces a charge of first-de­gree mur­der.

The district at­tor­ney filed charges against the boy on Tues­day.

He can­not face adult sanc­tions be­cause New Mex­ico law says a child must be 14 or older to be tried as an adult for mur­der.

The boy re­mains in the cus­tody of his mother. His name is be­ing with­held be­cause of his age.

Dur­ing the call, the boy’s des­per­a­tion and con­cern was in­ter­rupted at times with frus­tra­tion as the op­er­a­tor tried to fig­ure out what had hap­pened.

“I need a doc­tor. My dad’s dy­ing,” the boy first tells the op­er­a­tor. The boy gets con­fused when the op­er­a­tor asks for the home’s ad­dress. He tells her he will check on the mail­box and that his fa­ther is bleed­ing badly and “he fell asleep”.

Then in a pan­icked voice as he breathed heav­ily, the boy gets fur­ther ag­i­tated when asked his fa­ther’s age.

“I don’t know. Just come and get him out of here!” he de­mands.

When the op­er­a­tor asked the boy if he knew what hap­pened, the boy told her he shot his fa­ther out of anger.

“I was so over my head. I shot him in the back of the head. I got so an­gry at him,” the boy says two min­utes into the call. “Oh, please hurry.”

The boy’s at­ten­tion then turns to his sis­ter.

“Don’t worry,” he gen­tly tells the girl be­fore telling the op­er­a­tor: “Oh, my sis­ter’s cry­ing her head off… I think I hear the sirens.”

When asked where the gun is, the boy tells the op­er­a­tor it’s in “my dad’s gun closet”.

The boy can then be heard yelling to of­fi­cers who had ar­rived at the scene. “Hurry! My dad!” he shouts at them as the call ends.

Hilburn was di­vorced and had cus­tody of the boy and his two sib­lings. The boy’s sib­lings have been stay­ing with rel­a­tives fol­low­ing the shoot­ing.

The state’s Chil­dren, Youth and Fam­i­lies Depart­ment re­ports that state of­fi­cials re­ceived nine calls re­gard­ing the fam­ily on a depart­ment hot­line used to re­port pos­si­ble child abuse or ne­glect.

Of­fi­cials sub­stan­ti­ated only one claim in­volv­ing the boy’s mother. – Sapa-AP

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