Three year old in Frederick died from self-inflicted gunshot wound?

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Photos, video below.
Hanging over the entry of the suburban home in Frederick was the sort of decoration that's commonplace in the days leading to Halloween: a winged Grim Reaper.

But what was once a symbol of holiday high spirits had been transformed into something much more literal. That's because a three year old child who'd lived at the house was dead, and preliminary evidence suggests that he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Photos, video and the very sad details below.

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The house where the child lived, as seen in a screen capture from a Longmont Times-Call video.
At about 9:45 a.m. yesterday, according to the Longmont Times-Call, Frederick police were called to a home on the 500 block of Pine Street.

The woman who dialed 911 didn't mention a shooting. Rather, she reportedly said her child had suffered from an apparent fall and was losing a lot of blood. She added that he wasn't breathing.

Left out of this account was the fact that the boy's body was found in a bedroom near a handgun that had been recently fired. As noted by 9News, a bullet was found in the bed, after presumably ricocheting off a wall.

Emergency personnel rushed the boy to a nearby hospital, but he was pronounced dead just over an hour later.

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Another look at the house in Frederick as seen in a screen capture from a Longmont Times-Call video.
At this writing, no names have been released in the case, and neither have any charges been announced. But authorities, including personnel from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, appear to be leaning toward the boy firing the gun himself rather than being shot by someone else.

Of course, allegations could result from this scenario, too, if the inquiry finds that the gun was left in such an accessible place that its location qualified as criminal neglect. In the meantime, however, we offer our sincere condolences to the child's family, friends and loved ones.

Here's a 9News report, followed by an interactive graphic of the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa September: "Photos: Premila Lal accidentally killed by friend Nerrek Galley searching for intruder."



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14 comments
totink
totink

This is a tragedy!  My heart goes out to the child's family and friends.  I wish the Westword's readers could keep their snide political comments to a mute when things like this happen.  I don't see any of them calling for a swimming pool ban when someones beloved child is accidentally drowned. 

McShyster
McShyster

At least the parents are "safe" from imaginary intruders with their precious pistols laying loaded around the house.

They can take my guns when they pry them from the cold dead hands of my 3-yr-old child!

Fuck yeah!

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stuka1
stuka1

"The woman who dialed 911 didn't mention a shooting. Rather, she reportedly said her child had suffered from an apparent fall and was losing a lot of blood. She added that he wasn't breathing."

File that in the Child Abuse Archives under "Stupid Perp Stories". 

Gabe Munro
Gabe Munro

If that kid had a gun to protect himself from the gun, none of this would have happened.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Score another victim for the gun culture that the NRA promotes.

Mike James
Mike James

Accessible loaded guns and kids don't mix. What's wrong with people? Too bad a child had to die due to irresponsible adults.

Roxie Falco
Roxie Falco

Guns don't kill 3 year olds - 3 year olds do....? ANOTHER child killed by irresistible gun ownership.... Carry on fighting for unwanted fetuses- since we're on the subject let's take away all those pesky women's rights since you're at it... Oh and (your) God forbid those gays get married and ruin merica ... Well unless they happen to have a fetus packing heat....

Darla Leanne Henninger
Darla Leanne Henninger

How did a 3 year okd get gun? Hold parents Completely responsible!!! Because the obviously are not.

McShyster
McShyster

@stuka1 ... more believable than a "small foreign faction" of ne'er-do-well kidnappers.

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