A toddler from Birmingham passed away earlier this week when he found his father's gun and accidentally shot himself in the face.
As reported by AL, the 2-year-old, Ke'Anthony Jelks, allegedly found the gun at around 10 am. However, authorities say the case is still unclassified at this time.
There is no evidence yet to prove that the toddler shot himself and authorities are investigating. Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa.
According to Fire and Rescue Services personnel who responded to the incident, "multiple family members were on the scene" when they arrived.
The boy's grandmother told reporters that she wasn't present at the time of the incident. Her daughter called her with the news.
Homicide detectives and technicians will fine-comb the apartment, along with Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith. The officer told reporters:
“It’s heartbreaking for all of us, for those who have kids for those and for those who don’t have kids. We can put ourselves in their situation, the family’s situation. It’s touching for all of us. It’s a sad day for this community."
Officer Jackson asked members of the public to practice gun safety at all times. Gun owners should know how to use a gun and ensure the gun is locked away.
The father had a legal permit for the gun that he carried on night shift duty. He had just returned home from work and "probably left the gun somewhere," according to the boy's grandmother.
Ke'Anthony was described as "playful, fun and smart beyond his years." She added that he was "like an old man in a boy's body."
In a similar case, a two-year boy from Arkansas also lost his life when he found his father gun under a pillow on the bed.
He was rushed to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. The child's boy was in the living room when it happened.
Both parents are cooperation with authorities, and an initial investigation revealed that the shot was accidental.
Back in July, a 2-year-old girl from Muscoy, California, accidentally shot and killed her cousin, 4. The full account can be read here.