Toddler killed after finding unsecured gun in home

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Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012 6:16 pm | Updated: 10:58 pm, Sat Mar 16, 2013.

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL. - Charlotte County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit detectives are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who died of a gunshot wound early Sunday morning.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received the call at 3:40 a.m. to 21302 Hubbard Avenue. Deputies and detectives responded to the home and Charlotte County EMS transported the child to Peace River Regional Medical Center, where the boy was pronounced dead.

Detectives say the child apparently got a hold of an unsecured firearm and suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

Detectives have interviewed the child’s parents and no charges have been filed at this time pending the outcome of the investigation. The handgun was a semi-automatic and was legally owned.

They say once their investigation is complete, they are required to send the case package to the State Attorney’s Office in Punta Gorda in the death of a minor. The SAO will review all of the evidence to determine if there was culpable negligence.

As an open and active investigation, names and details are not being released at this time.

“Everyone has the right to own a firearm. Under State Statues, it is mandatory that you secure a firearm in a home with children. I cannot stress enough that it is an inherent responsibility when owning a firearm. When you buy a firearm, you should also buy a safe to house it in,” says Lt. Michael Casarella.

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