Should parents face charges after toddler killed self with gun?

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 21, 2018 - 11:36 pm

Is losing a child enough of a punishment for the parents of a two-year-old boy who found a gun on the counter of his Livingston home and shot himself in the face?

Authorities say the investigation continues.

Listeners to the Early Edition of WWL First News were split this week.

Some felt that police need to make an example of the parents to keep others from leaving loaded guns where kids can get them.

"Charge their ass! Who leaves a loaded gun just sitting around," one person texted to 870870.

Another said, "No excuses the gun should've been unloaded."

Others, however, felt that the parents paid a hefty enough punishment already.

"Absolutely not. No parent should have to bury their child," one listener texted.

Another agreed, "No charges."

And then there was this text to 870870, "Who leaves a loaded firearm on the counter, with an active toddler unsupervised present. It's called natural selection."

Here is the news release from the LPSO:

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on September 17, 2018, LPSO was dispatched to the 18,000 block of Murphy Estate Lane located in Livingston, LA in reference to a gun shot.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered a 2 year old male (DOB:  4/27/16) with a gunshot wound to the face.

Sheriff Jason Ard says, ‘During our preliminary investigation, we learned that a handgun was on a counter in the home.  It’s believed the child, using a stool, was able to grab the gun - which then fired a single shot.  The child was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.  We can not release the identity of the child at this time.’

No charges have been filed at this time

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