A 4-year-old boy in Lorain, Ohio found a loaded, unlocked .40-caliber handgun in a dresser drawer in his parents' bedroom. He and his 3-year-old sister were playing alone in the bedroom when the boy unintentionally shot his sister in the head. The girl is in critical condition in the hospital.
The father initially tried to make up a story about two men with hooded sweatshirts who shot at him and missed, shooting his daughter instead. "He did make up a contrived story," said a police spokesperson. "I don't know if he was trying to protect the four year old or protect himself, if he's not allowed to have a handgun or not."
Prosecutors will decide if the father will be charged for lying to police and for not securing the gun.
In Houston, Texas, 20-year-old Patrick Sanders was sleeping on a couch when a loaded handgun fell out of his pants on to the floor. A 3-year-old boy saw the gun and picked it up. When Sanders tried to grab the gun away from the toddler, the boy unintentionally discharged the gun, shooting Sanders in the face. Sanders is in critical condition in the hospital.
In Baltimore, Maryland a two toddler were playing in a bedroom when one of the children was "able to access a shotgun" and unintentionally shot a 3-year-old in the lower leg. The toddler is in the hospital but his condition has not been released. Police said the loaded, unlocked gun was left in the toddler's bedroom and they are still trying to determine how this happened.