A 4-year-old boy died in Michigan on Sunday evening after obtaining a handgun and shooting himself in the head, according to police.
Dundee police responded at around 4:15 p.m. on Sunday to a 911 call reporting that a child had shot himself.
Personnel from the Monroe County Ambulance and Dundee Volunteer Fire Department attempted to save the boy in the front bedroom of the house before transporting him to St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was pronounced dead at 5 p.m.
“Responders tried very hard to save the boy but were unable to,” Sgt. Tom Redmond told The Detroit News. “He was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Ann Arbor and was declared dead at 5 p.m.”
A family friend who was living at the home with the father of the boy was arrested in connection with the shooting.
“The father and mother are going through a divorce; she was living elsewhere when it happened,” Redmond explained. “The child’s sister, 10, and brother, 5, were also living in the house. They were upstairs in a separate bedroom when the shooting occurred.”
The 30-year-old man was charged with manslaughter with gross negligence. He was being held at the Monroe County Jail. An arraignment was scheduled for Monday.
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