A 9-month-old Indiana boy was fighting for his life on Thursday after being accidentally shot in the head by his father.
WTHR reported that 31-year-old John Hambaugh, III, was in his kitchen cleaning his gun on Wednesday when the weapon discharged. The round traveled through Hambaugh’s left thigh and into his 9-month-old son’s head, who was thought to be standing next to his father.
Neighbor Dawn Crecelius recalled that she felt helpless when the child’s mother ran out of the home with the boy.
“She was screaming, ‘He shot my baby! He shot my baby!’ and she was cradling the baby,” Crecelius said. “What do you do? What do you do? Cause there’s– you can’t fix that. You can’t help that. If he’s choking, you can help that. If he’s cut, you can help that. You can’t help a baby that’s been shot in the head.”
Hambaugh and his 9-month-old son were transported to Community Howard Regional Hospital in Kokomo. Hambaugh was expected to make a full recovery, but the child was listed in critical condition on Thursday.
The Howard County Sheriff’s Department was continuing to investigate the case.
Watch the video below from WTHR, broadcast Oct. 22, 2014.
(h/t: Crooks and Liars)