Cops Unsure How Boy, 18 Months, Was Accidentally Shot Dead With Adults in Same Room
A Georgia boy was accidentally shot dead over the weekend, but even adults who were in the room at the time of the horrific tragedy aren't sure who pulled the trigger.
Cops in Henry County say the 18-month-old was shot Saturday while in a bedroom, but the nearby adults were not paying attention to the victim or his 3-year-old brother when it happened.
According WGCL, authorities say an adult inside the home placed a .45 caliber handgun on a bed or dresser in a bedroom.
Initially, police said the victim's brother shot him, but they have since retracted that statement.
"There were adults in the room at the time, but the adults were not paying attention to what was going on. They did not actually see the incident occur," Henry County police Lt. Mike Ireland said.
Now it remains unclear whether or not the child shot himself.
Paramedics responded to the scene and rushed the boy to an area hospital, but he was later pronounced dead.
While the investigation is ongoing, Ireland said police are giving the family some space in the immediate aftermath.
"It's a tragic time for all the family members, so we're allowing everybody to grieve at this time," Ireland said.
No charges or arrests are pending. The Division of Family and Children Services has been notified.