Mother, two others charged in shooting death of two-year-old

Three people have been charged in connection to the shooting death of a two-year-old in Brooklyn Park, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

O’Sheonia Hodges, 20, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of her two-year-old son. The victim’s grandmother, Sherrillyn Mosley, 57, and Hodges’ boyfriend, Keyshawn Cosey-Gray, 20, have also been charged with aiding an offender. 

Mosley and Cosey-Gray are scheduled to make their first appearances Sept. 14.

According to the criminal complaints, on Aug. 13, Brooklyn Park police responded to a call that a two-year-old child had been shot in an apartment. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, who had been shot in the abdomen. Officers attempted life-saving measures on the victim before paramedics transported him to the hospital.

The three defendants, who were all in the apartment at the time of the shooting, told police that they were awoken by a gunshot and found that the victim had been shot. All three denied having any knowledge of the shooting or the gun involved, the complaint states. Officers were told by the defendants that a man nicknamed “BD” must have been involved.

Officers also spoke to the victim’s three-year-old brother, who stated that the gun involved belonged to Hodges.

During the investigation, officers conducted a search of the apartment, locating a paper bag with an extended handgun magazine inside and a plastic bag with two boxes of ammunition. Officers also found a spent 9mm round and a Taures 9mm G2c handgun, the complaint states. 

Further investigation revealed social media postings by Hodges indicating she owned a gun. A text conversation between Hodges and Cosey-Gray also revealed that the two discussed the search of the apartment together, the complaint continues.

Officers were able to locate the person who seemed to match the photo Hodges provided of “BD.” This person denied to using the name “BD” and indicated that he was not involved in the case, the complaint continues.

In a post-Miranda statement, Hodges admitted to lying to police in previous statements Hodges told them the man identified as “BD” was never in the apartment during the shooting. She too claimed that the gun was only in the apartment for two days, and that is was stored in a top shelf of a hall closet, the complaint says. She also told police that she hid the gun after the shooting occurred.

Mosley also admitted in a post-Miranda that she lied to officers, stating there was never a “BD” and that Hodges hid the gun after the victim was shot.

Hodges Complaint (PDF)

Mosley Complaint (PDF)

Cosey-Gray Complaint (PDF)