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

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:
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.

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