Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2 year old Utah child who shot himself identified

On Thursday, we wrote about a two year old Utah toddler who got his hands on the gun of his law enforcement father and shot himself to death. The child has now been identified as Linkin Leatham, described as a "miracle child". Unfortunately you just can't make stories like this up. More from the article:
Linkin Leatham's parents described their two-year-old as a "miracle" baby who defied doctors' expectations by fully recovering from "multiple medical complications," according to an obituary in the Provo Daily Herald.
Melinda and Owen Leatham were in their Springville home last Tuesday when their son picked up a handgun left at his eye level and inadvertently fired it, according to KSL. But they didn't see him do it. (...) 
The first two months of Linkin's life were spent inside a children's hospital where he bounced back from the unspecified congenital ailments. As his parents said in the obit, he was "a fighter from the beginning."
The family held a funeral Saturday and the parents said that his heart and corneas were donated to help another child.
The Utah County district attorney's office is investigating his death and are waiting for autopsy results for answers to how the child pulled the trigger, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Photo from linked article
Owen Leatham is a police officer, but the weapon that killed Linkin wasn't his service gun, reports said.      
These stories continue and they are difficult to post on this blog. Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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