2-Year-Old Boy Accidentally Kills Himself With Mom's Gun

Mohit Priyadarshi

In a distressing story emerging early Friday, a two-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself with a gun kept in his mother's purse, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.

According to USA Today, the 23-year-old mother of the child "had momentarily stepped away" when her son, identified as Kiyan Shelton, climbed to a kitchen counter where the purse was kept. The boy took out the handgun his mother kept in the purse, and accidentally shot himself with it.

When first responders arrived on the scene, they found the two-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was immediately rushed to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in critical condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Capt. Richard Riddle, speaking to IndyStar, said that the mother possessed a valid gun permit for the.380 Bersa semi-automatic pistol and that her description of the event appeared consistent with the evidence at the scene.

"Upon completion of their investigation, they will present their findings for a charging decision. The mother fully cooperated with the investigation and was released last night. At this point, this appears to be a tragic accident, but the (Marion County prosecutor's office) will have final decision making on whether there were any criminal culpability in this incident."
"Tragedies can occur and it's hard to believe that this could potentially occur to such a young person. I didn't realize that this could occur until I had a gun safety class years ago, and they showed demonstrations of what young children can do with weapons. It's remarkably scary. I'll just be quite frank.

"So never underestimate the ability of a child to fire a weapon. No matter how young they are."

"So never underestimate the ability of a child to fire a weapon. No matter how young they are."

In another case reported by Sacramento Bee, a two-year-old was critically injured when she discovered a gun at her mother's friend's house and shot herself in the head.

But while those two-year-old children were fortunate that their parents' irresponsible behavior did not lead to their deaths, Kiyan was not so lucky.

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