3-year-old Ind. boy accidentally shoots self

3-year-old Ind. boy accidentally shoots self

3-year-old Ind. boy accidentally shoots self

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 11:50 AM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- South Bend police say a 3-year-old boy who found an unlocked gun safe near where his mother was sleeping on a couch picked up the weapon and accidentally shot himself in the wrist.

A spokeswoman at Memorial Hospital says Eric Caprio was treated and released Sunday. South Bend police Lt. Cindy Kilgore says the boy's father works the midnight shift so the mother keeps a gun nearby. Kilgore says the mother was unaware her son was up and she was awakened when she heard the gunshot about 7 a.m. Sunday.

Kilgore says no charges were filed because police determined the shooting was accidental. But a copy of the police report was forwarded to Child Protective Services.

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