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Toddler boy in critical condition after older brother finds gun and shoots him

A 2-year-old Maine boy is fighting for his life after an older sibling found a gun in a closet, loaded it, and shot him in the head, according to the Maine State Police.

Waterville police got a call about the shooting just before noon on Saturday, state police said.

The boy, who has not been named, was in critical condition Sunday afternoon, the state police statement said.

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“Investigation revealed one of the three siblings living in the home found the gun that was secured in a closet, loaded it, and a round was fired. Police continue to investigate the incident and monitor the status of the juvenile,” the statement said.

The boy was initially taken to a hospital in Waterville but later transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

CentralMaine.com reported that one officer spent most of the day Saturday with two young boys, presumably the 2-year-old’s brothers, in his cruiser. Police were on the scene until after 7 p.m., the outlet said.

Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said in an email late Sunday morning that he had no information to release yet.

CentralMaine.com reported the names of the family that lived in the home, including the 2-year-old who was shot and his brothers, who are 6 and 4. Those names have not been confirmed by Waterville police or the Maine State Police.

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