Texas Toddler Finds Loaded Gun, Shoots Himself in the Face

A Texas toddler is dead after he found a loaded gun in his teen brother’s room and shot himself in the face with it shortly after midnight Tuesday morning.

Police believe 2-year-old Rio Carrington was in his brother’s room by himself, KXAS reported, but several other children and the boy’s mother were in other parts of the house.

“A child is dead and a mother is going to have to basically bury her baby because the child located a firearm and harmed himself,” said Arlington Police Sgt. Courtney White.

Investigators have not yet revealed the type of caliber of the gun used and are still working to determine if the weapon was obtained legally, according to KDFW. They also didn’t say if any other weapons were found in the house and didn’t release the age of the teenager who reportedly owned the gun. They did confirm that he is a minor.

“Just an overall bad situation, for lack of a better term,” White said. “That is why we enforce and try to tell the public please lock your handguns up, they can get into the wrong hands, or they can get into a child’s hands.”

Police said there were three other children in the house, along with the adults, WFAA reported.

Cook Children’s Health System told the station they had seen 247 firearm-related injuries since 2018, with 22 of them fatal. Last year, the hospital said, it saw 45 such injuries, with eight fatal.

No charges have been filed in this case.

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[Featured image: Rio Carrington/Facebook]