In Pinellas County, Florida, a boy of two rummaging around in his parents’ car found a gun there and shot himself in the chest, resulting in his death, according to a Breaking News report by Fox News. He discovered the gun in the glove compartment of the vehicle.
The parents of the boy, Kaleb Ahles, were busy moving out of their house, and were distracted, according to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. The sheriff’s office released a media statement that stated that Kaleb must “have entered the vehicle at some point as the family was loading the vehicle to move out of the house.”
Upon hearing a popping sound, according to a report by Florida’s MyFoxTampaBay.com, Kaleb’s parents ran out of the house and attempted to do CPR on their son. Kaleb was transported to the hospital, but the doctors there could not save his life.
According to investigators, placing the gun in the glove compartment constituted “reasonable steps,” to secure the weapon from their young child. Kaleb’s death, Gualtieri said, was something that his parents “will carry with them and live with the rest of their lives.”
One reason why the sheriff believes that “the boy pulled the trigger himself,” was that “the shell casing was not completely ejected.” The sheriff said that was a sign that the person who pulled the trigger had “a weak wrist.”
Also, all of the stories that Kaleb’s family members told the police about both where the gun was located and how Kaleb could have gotten his hands on it were consistent. The death of the Florida boy, who was only two and who shot himself in the chest with a gun he found in his parents’ car, was ruled an accidental one.
Written By Douglas Cobb
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