No charges after 3-year-old accidentally shoots himself in head

(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC) - A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the head at Arrington Estates in West Memphis around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

The child was taken to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition but showed small signs of improvement on Wednesday.

An 8-year-old was also home when the shooting happened.

West Memphis Police Department does not expect any charges to be filed, but said the gun was left out in the bedroom.

"It's hard to see a child, you know, taped up and wired up and tubed up, you know?" said Melvin Kimp, who is the brother of the mom's boyfriend.

WMPD said the child pulled the trigger, sending the 9mm bullet toward his own head.

"Especially for a child of, a 3-year-old child," said WMPD Captain Joe Baker. "It would not be a hard thing for them to pull the trigger on that style hand gun."

It was a sleepless night for the toddler's family, all devastated by what unfolded inside their home.

"When I laid down on the couch and started thinking about the situation I couldn't sleep," Kimp said.

"I think we have some, obviously, some really bad gun safety habits probably, but nothing that would rise to the level of a criminal charge," Captain Baker said.

Officers still have to complete more interviews before their investigation is over. Once they're finished, they will hand all of the information over to Crittenden County District Attorney's Office. From there the District Attorney will make the final decision on whether charges will be filed.

This is the fourth shooting where a child found a gun and shot themselves since Friday.

Two of those children in Memphis have died. In both of those cases, the child's father is charged with reckless homicide.

The third child, also shot in Memphis, is improving after shooting herself in the neck.

No charges have been filed in that case.

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