Boy, 5, finds gun, shoots baby brother dead: sheriff

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5-year-old boy finds revolver, shoots baby brother dead in rural Missouri: sheriff.

A 9-month-old baby boy was shot dead in his playpen after his 5-year-old brother found a loaded revolver and fired the weapon, the sheriff in Missouri’s rural Nodaway County said. The boy found a .22 caliber magnum revolver that was being kept on a shelf built into the headboard in the master bedroom, according to Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White. The boy’s mother, 24-year-old Alexis Wiederholt, originally told police the infant had been shot in the head with a paintball gun after she found the mortally wounded child just before 9 a.m. The infant’s mother called the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office at 9 a.m. local time on Monday to request an ambulance at her home in Elmo, located in the northwestern corner of the state. Authorities believe the shooting was accidental, but an investigation is under way and all information will be turned over to Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice.

A child fatality review board, composed of law enforcement officers, EMS, and county health officials, among others, will meet Wednesday afternoon to discuss the shooting at the behest of Rice, White said. The rural agricultural county, of some 22,000 people scattered among 900 square miles along Missouri’s border with Iowa, is a place “where everybody has firearms,” White told The News. “That’s where the whole thing falls apart,” he said. “Guns themselves are not dangerous. There are no official nationwide statistics on either phenomenon. “We’re big supporters of firearms around here,” White told KETV. “We live in a rural area,we have a lot of people that own weapons.

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