Toddler taken to hospital with self-inflicted gun wound

NEWTON, Kansas – Police officers responded to Newton Medical Center Friday morning after a 2-year-old child arrived suffering a gunshot wound.

It happened around 10:40 a.m.

According to Newton police, the wound was self-inflicted.

Police say it was the result of a firearm being left within a child’s reach while visiting a grandparent. The child grabbed hold of the gun and fired a shot. The bullet hit the child’s finger, then flew out of the house, striking a neighbor’s home.

“Thankfully the child’s injury is minor,” the Newton Police Department reported on Facebook. “We at the Newton Police Department hope this incident helps remind everyone of the need to be vigilant when it comes to firearm safety. If you don’t have a safe, or a trigger lock, we encourage you to stop by the law enforcement center during business hours to receive a free gun lock courtesy of Project Childsafe.”

The child was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Charges have not been brought up yet, but the Harvey County prosecutor will determine if the grandparents will be charged.


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