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Adam Laham heads back to court in case of five-year-old killing three-year-old with his gun

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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It was a bloody holiday season, but there's little doubt which crime was the most startling -- the death of Rolyn Javier, age five, at the hands of a three-year-old wielding a loaded gun allegedly left out by Adam Laham, 23. Laham's slated to be back in court tomorrow for a bond hearing supported by an affidavit, on view below, that contains one shock after another.

According to the document, Lakewood Police officers were dispatched to the Eagle Crest Apartments, at 1614 Iris Street, just shy of 10 a.m. on December 23. At the residence in question, they found Rolyn, who was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital within the hour, and a slew of others: Rolyn's father, Donald Javier; his roomate, Aubry Rosenburg; Laham and his fiancée, Stacy Ward; plus friend Paul Manger and two of Rolyn's siblings (including a sister and the three-year-old boy).

Sorting out this mass of humanity took some time -- but police eventually learned that Laham, Ward and Manger had traveled to Colorado from Kansas on December 19, with Laham and Ward staying at a hotel for a couple of days before relocating to Javier's place. There, they bunked in a bedroom shared by the boys.

On the morning in question, the adults were gathered in the main room of the house while the kids were in the bedroom. Everything seemed fine until the sound of a shot rang out. Donald sprinted into the bedroom, then told the others to phone 911. Rosenburg entered the room shortly thereafter to find Rolyn down and seriously wounded. She tried to perform CPR on the boy, but to no avail.

As for the weapon that did the damage, it was identified as a Kel-Tech .32 caliber automatic handgun. Ward said it was Laham's, while Rosenburg described the pistol as being tiny and looking like a toy. According to Rolyn's sister, the kids found it in the room, and she told the boys not to touch it before heading to the living room. Shortly thereafter, she heard a "pop" -- one that turned out to be fatal.

What happened? The three-year-old told officers that the gun had been on a bucket and "I just wanted to show him the gun." When he did, he accidentally "shooted" Rolyn.

Other details emerged from an interview with Laham, who admitted that the gun was his; he said he typically sleeps with it under his pillow.

That day, he lingered in bed for about half an hour before emerging from the bedroom. "The kids' parents told them, you know, that we're staying in their game room or whatever -- don't go in there, you know," he's quoted as saying. "And, you know, I seen him wanting to go in the room to play his Xbox, you know, 'cause he's always on it. And I said, 'Okay,' you know -- 'Go ahead.' And, you know, we're up, you know -- I'd got up and then I seen Stacy. You know, she left the room also, so I was like, 'Okay.'"

Wasn't he concerned about the kids being totally unsupervised in a room with a loaded gun -- one that lacked a safety? His response: "I'm not used to having kids in the house. You know, I just leave [the gun] out and, you know, I don't ever have to worry about it.

"It was my fault," he continued. "You know, that I left it out, pretty much."

The kids, for their part, were apparently growing comfortable around firearms. Despite their tender ages, Donald was teaching them about guns, Laham told police. He said the group had gone out shooting that week.

At this point, only Laham has been accused of a crime -- on December 30, he was formally advised about a charge of reckless child abuse resulting in death, a class-two felony that carries a possible sixteen to 48 years in prison. A hearing on his bond, currently at $40,000, has been set for 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Jefferson County courthouse, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for January 24.

Look below to get a better look at Laham's mug shot, followed by the complaint and affidavit outlining the tragic events that ended Rolyn Javier's life.

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Adam Laham.

Adam Laham Affidavit

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15 comments
ihatestupidpeople
ihatestupidpeople

whats with stupid people leaving a round in the chamber. it takes half a second to to chamber a round, something a small kid could not do.

Luvthepugs
Luvthepugs

I counted 8 "you knows" in his quoted statement in this article, seriously?? This guy is a "you know" moron!!

greasyrat
greasyrat

You will wish you had a piece inside...

saffy
saffy

more idiots with their guns. DUH.

the_thirdman
the_thirdman

Real tough guy here, spends his life just waiting for the chance to use this cheap Saturday night special on someone, anyone, who in his dumb-ass mind deserves to be shot. Unfortunately there are a lot of these types around.

adarc
adarc

What kind of man needs to sleep with a loaded gun under his pillow?

Scott Warner
Scott Warner

Should some fault be to the sister? Why would she leave the gun alone with the children? This guy is a BOZO for sure.

REFERENCE: According to Rolyn's sister, the kids found it in the room, and she told the boys not to touch it before heading to the living room. Shortly thereafter, she heard a "pop" -- one that turned out to be fatal.

Shamhna
Shamhna

According to the second paragraph, the title should be "Adam Laham heads back to court in case of three-year-old killing five-year-old and a slew of others with his gun." That is one lethal toddler.

SK
SK

what an idiot, that gun doesnt even have a safety, its dumb ENOUGH to sleep with it under your pillow... but to leave it infront of kids ........ "the kids found it in the room, and she told the boys not to touch it before heading to the living room. "  FUCKING IDIOT.

CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

DANG FOOL I  hope he geoes to prison  How  DUMB CAN YOU BE leave a loaded gun with kids  little kids do not know the word do not TOUCH?!  Now a little one is DEAD al because the DANG ADULTS HAD A LOADED IN THE HOUSE.

Badtastic
Badtastic

That'll teach you not to listen to mother. Well, maybe not.

Elwood
Elwood

Fix your title. 

guest
guest

Or he was grieving and in shock because he knew it was his fault and he's known that child since he was born...

Xplicitcontent0
Xplicitcontent0

the_thirdman...you need not speak of someone you dont know faggot... from what i gather about you, your one of those"tough guys" who looks around on the internet for people to talk shit about. grow some nuts and do something productive with YOUR life instead of judging someone by the slew of bullshit they write on here to sell their articles. little bitch. its us tough guys who mold you when your young

bg
bg

I am pretty sure the sister is also a child.  Seeing as Rolyn was 5 and his other sibling (the shooter) was 3.  I would guess that the parent is in his 20s like the gun's owner.

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