Mathis' great grandmother, Carolyn, told KLTV that Trenton went looking for gum through a bedroom door that was not closed all the way. He got onto her bed, and found the handgun on a nightstand.
Trenton and three other children were placed in the home of Carolyn Mathis and her husband late last year after abuse and neglect in their parents' home.
At a custody hearing, a judge ruled against a Child Protective Services recommendation that the children be relocated to somewhere other than the great grandparents' home. CPS deemed the home to be unsafe.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Toddler finds gun, shoots self in face, dies
2-year-old Trenton Mathis, of Cherokee County, Texas, found a loaded, unlocked handgun in his home Wednesday and unintentionally shot himself in the face. The toddler was rushed to the hospital in Tyler but was pronounced dead. According to news reports: