UPDATE: Authorities have reported that the three-year old child has passed away and have not said how or if the boy’s grandparents will be charged in the case, but leaving a firearm accessible to a child is against the law in Texas.
“This goes back a long time ago, and actually, the impetus for the state law generated in the city of Houston. We had an exorbitant amount of high-profile young children that unfortunately murdered because of firearms that were left unattended,” expalined City of Houston Victim Advocate Andy Kahan.
In the early 1990s, Kahan worked with victims’ families to create a city ordinance that eventually became state law, making adults criminally responsible for failing to properly store firearms.
“Children are curious, and they’re going to explore, and if they find something that looks like a toy, and sometimes a gun, like it or not, looks like a toy, they’re going to pick it up, and as a result, tragedy sometimes can happen,” added Kahan.
SPRING, TX – A three-year-old Spring boy is clinging to life after accidentally shooting himself in the face.
Sunday afternoon, the boy’s grandparents were babysitting him at their Spring-area home. They put him down for a nap around 3:45 p.m. and around 4 p.m., they heard a single gunshot.
“The 3-year-old went into his grandparents’ bedroom, at which time he gained access to a firearm. From what we’re being told, he accidentally shot himself in the face,” said Harris County constable Mark Herman.
The little boy was airlifted to Memorial Hermann, where he remains in critical condition. Deputies say it’s too early in the investigation to know if any charges will be filed against the grandparents.