9-Month-Old Dies After Being Shot By His 5-Year-Old Brother While Mom Is Home

Absolutely tragic and sad story from Elmo, Missouri, today: a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 9-month-old brother with the family's gun -- while their mother was at home with them and their two young brothers. The incident reportedly took place a little after 9 a.m. Monday, and police say the child had access to a loaded gun that was kept in the same room where his infant sibling slept.

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When police received the frantic call from the children's mother, she reportedly told them her infant had been shot in the head with a paintball gun. Once police arrived and investigated, they discovered the weapon was actually a .22 caliber magnum revolver. No further comment has been provided about the woman's original claim -- did she, herself, believe the family only kept paintball guns? Was she just (understandably) nervous, which caused her to say the wrong thing?

The poor baby boy was transported to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities say the parents kept the loaded gun on a shelf that was built into the headboard of their bed. Their infant slept in his crib in the same room as his parents, which is where police retrieved the firearm.

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Neighbors describe this family as "good" and say the woman has four little boys, including a 3-year-old and 18-month-old. When she realized what her eldest son had done, the mom reportedly rushed her other children out of the house and over to a neighbor's home.

Authorities are now deciding whether charges will be filed against the baby's parents.

Just an absolute tragedy, regardless of where anyone stands on gun issues. This little boy may not understand now what happened, but it's horrific to think of the burden he'll carry throughout his life. Our hearts are with this family as they mourn the loss of their infant.

Do you think the parents in this case should be charged with a crime or was this an accident?

 

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