34-year-old Jason Forshee, of Greensburg, Indiana was cleaning his M4 assault rifle when he left the gun unattended in the living room of his house. Forshee told police he removed the magazine from the gun but didn't realize there was a bullet still in the chamber.
When Forshee was in the other room his 6-year-old son picked up the gun, pointed it at his 13-year-old brother Craig and pulled the trigger. Craig was shot in the chest and died later that night in the hospital.
Forshee said he was only out of the room for 10 to 15 seconds when he heard the gun go off.
According to the police investigation, Forshee had let the 6-year-old hold the weapon before. Just a short time before the shooting, Forshee was showing the gun to a plumber at the home and when the child asked to see the weapon, Forshee handed it to him. This was not the only time Forshee had let the child handle the gun.
Forshee was charged with two felonies, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and dangerous control of a child.