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Mother speaks out about son's death

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Updated: 11/23/2009 11:09 pm
WAYCROSS, Ga. -- No one will face charges in the death of an 11-year-old Ware County Football player.

Mitchell Maxwell Jr. was shot with a .177 caliber pellet rifle Friday night while staying with fellow teammates at his football coaches house.

Now, his mother is devastated. Felicia Thomas is leaning on her friends for support. It's been a tough few days trying to come to grips with the fact that her son isn't coming home.
"I just wake up in the morning and always thank God that my kids are still breathing and he didn't get up with me today,"  she said.

Maxwell Jr. was playing with friends from the football team inside a home on Albany Avenue Friday night. Suddenly, one of the boys mothers called 911 for help.
"My little boy has a friend over and he's complaining he cant breathe...I'm talking to him now his eyes are barely open," said Stacy Chavez.

"Take your knuckle and put in his chest to see if he reacts," said the 911 operator.

"No he's not breathing," said Chavez.

The parents voices are calm during the 911 call, but police say they had no idea Maxwell Jr. was shot with a pellet gun because the boys didn't tell them. Now, his mom wants to know why.

"I would like to know the truth. Someone come to me and explain to me why you didn't say he was shot," said Thomas.

Now, a mother is left to grieve, even blaming herself. She wanted her son to stay home with her that night.

"They concocted some story that the game was early so I let him go. I let him go," said Thomas.

The district attorney tells Action News the 12-year-old boy who shot Maxwell Jr. with the pellet gun will not be charged because he is too young under Georgia law. He could, however, be disciplined in Juvenile court.

Funeral services for Maxwell Jr. are on Saturday.
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FFNOUSA - 11/24/2009 1:26 PM
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I can not believe the D.A's Office is not charging even the Coach (the parents of the child that killed this 11 year old boy.Most states have laws that charge the youth as adults why not Georgia??? I live in NY and I did an internet radio show last might about this very story and this raised A LOT of questions that the D.A. and the Police should answer. and listen to Round 2 dated for November 24Th and hear the questions raised...

JIMBO0234 - 11/24/2009 12:03 PM
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God Bless this Loving Mother! Pointing a pellet gun against a child's chest and pulling the trigger is no accident,I beleivethe parents(coach) in charge of watching over these children should be held accountable! A live was taken here!
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