Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Toddler unintentionally shot and killed by his 4-year-old brother

A 19-month-old Wichita, Kansas toddler was playing with his 4-year-old brother and his 3-year-old half sister in his parents' bedroom.  The 4-year-old reached into the drawer of a nightstand and pulled the trigger of a loaded, unlocked handgun that was stored there.  The bullet went through the drawer and struck the toddler in his chest.  He was rushed to the hospital and died an hour later.

According to police, "it appears the 4-year-old did know where this firearm was. He had seen the firearm."

Police are investigating the incident and have not filed any charges.  "There is no law about how you can store a firearm," said a police spokesperson. But added that the adults in the house might be charged with a crime.

"These are extremely hard cases," he said. "That's a terrible tragedy. No 1-year-old should end up being shot in the chest, no matter what circumstances."

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