36-year-old Nikko Draper, of Huntsville, Alabama kept a loaded, unlocked .32-caliber handgun under his pillow for protection. This weekend he was watching his 3-year-old nephew, Latravian, while the boy's mother was out of town. Nikko dozed off in his wheelchair while his nephew was playing video games in the bed next to him. Latravian found the gun and unintentionally shot himself in the head. The toddler is currently in critical condition in the hospital, his long-term prognosis unknown.
Because of his prior criminal record Nikko is prohibited from possessing a gun. He said his protection was more important than the order that he not possess a gun. He added that he wants to focus now on his nephew's recovery and has asked for prayers and forgiveness.
Nikko has been confined to a wheelchair since being shot during a dispute sixteen years ago.