This is so heartbreaking. A nine-month-old baby boy from Missouri has died after his five-year-old brother accidentally shot him in the head with a handgun.
The tragic shooting occurred on Jan. 19, while the five-year-old boy was playing with his grandfather’s .22-caliber magnum revolver. The boy reportedly found the weapon “lying around a bed” at his grandfather’s Elmo, Miss. home, according to wibw.com and The Washington Post.
5-Year-Old Boy Kills Baby Brother In Tragic Accidental Shooting In Missouri
The children’s mother was frantic when she called Nodaway County police to the home around 9 a.m. on Jan. 19, wibw.com reports. The infant was flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and pronounced dead before noon that same day, according to the Associated Press.
The baby was in his playpen at his grandfather’s home at the time of the shooting. Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White told The Washington Post that the boy found his grandfather’s handgun on a shelf built into the headboard of the bed.
“It was just lying out,” he said. “Little kids are curious. It was in the headboard of the bed, and he found it.”
Police believe the shooting was an accident but said that the woman’s three surviving sons are in the custody of relatives while authorities investigate.
Neighbor Says Family Should Have Practiced Better ‘Gun Safety’
The woman was home alone with her four sons when the shooting occurred, neighbor and family friend Kathy Armentrout told fox4kc.com.
“They’re a very good family and this was a tragedy,” she said. “I just hope everybody prays for them.”
Another neighbor, Jessica Hutchison, told KCTV, “You know, just some gun safety could have come into play. But it’s really just sad.”
— Tierney McAfee