A Florida toddler shot himself in the chest and died Wednesday after finding his father’s handgun in a glove compartment.
The Pinellas County sheriff said 2-year-old Kaleb Ahles was placed in the car by his father about 4:45 p.m. as they moved out of their home, reported WFLA-TV.
The boy found a .380 caliber handgun his father kept in the vehicle, investigators said.
Kevin Ahles heard a gunshot, turned around, and saw his son bleeding from a wound to his chest, the sheriff said.
“It’s just one of those things that happens where everything lined up the wrong way where we had a 2 1/2-year-old that was able to take a gun, pick it up, turn it around, and he shot himself dead center in the middle of the chest,” said Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
The boy’s mother, Christina Nigro, and his aunt performed CPR until paramedics arrived, but the child was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The shooting remains under investigation, but the sheriff said he doesn’t expect the parents to be charged.
“I don’t think anybody can punish these parents any more than what they’ve been punished,” Gualtieri said.
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