Florida toddler finds his father’s gun, kills himself

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2-year-old Pinellas County, Florida, boy fatally shoots himself with dad’s gun, sheriff says.

“In a situation like this, where it looks like the gun was secured, they took reasonable steps, and you can lawfully keep a gun in a vehicle in a glove box.“[Kaleb] had entered the vehicle at some point as the family was loading the vehicle to move out of the house,” the sheriff’s office said in a media release. “I don’t think anybody can punish these parents any more than what they’ve been punished,” Gualtieri said. “This is something they will carry with them and live with the rest of their lives.” The sheriff said it was apparent the boy pulled the trigger himself because the shell casing was not completely ejected, which would be consistent for someone who has a weak wrist.

He also said family members who were present all gave consistent stories about where the firearm, a .380 calibre handgun, was and how Kaleb likely got it in his hands. Kevin Ahles had left his 2-year-old son Kaleb in the front seat of the car and returned to carrying boxes in preparation for a family move to Hernando County. Deputies responded to the home at 1094 Misty Hollow Lane at 4:47 p.m. and an ambulance carried Kaleb to Medical Center of Trinity, where he was pronounced dead.

At a news conference in Misty Woods, the family’s neighborhood, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said detectives were able to confirm that Kaleb fired the gun and that he was not shot by someone else. Kevin Ahles, the toddler’s grandfather and a retired Tampa police detective, said he received a call about what happened to Kaleb and immediately drove to East Lake.

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