Boy, one, suffers serious injuries after ‘accidentally’ shooting himself with dad’s gun
Demonte Jarrell Walker Sr, 24, has been charged after his son shot himself (Image: Franklin County Jail)
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A one-year-old boy has suffered serious injuries after accidentally shooting himself with his dad's gun.
The tot's dad Demonte Jarrell Walker Sr, 24, has been charged with endangering children.
The shooting happened at an address in Columbus, US, on Monday morning with police saying several children and adults were inside the property at the time, WSYX reports.
The child was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in a critical condition but police say he is expected to recover.
The Columbus Division of Police said officers arrived at the address to find the boy's parents leaving with him.
Police were called to an address in Columbus on Monday morning
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They said the infant had got hold of a gun and accidentally shot himself.
Walker was arrested on Monday and later charged.
Online records from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office show he is due to appear in court on Tuesday.
According to pressure group Everytown for Gun Safety, hundreds of children in the US accidentally shoot themselves or someone else every year.
So far there have been at least 246 unintentional shootings by children in 2020 resulting in 103 deaths and 150 injuries, according to the group's #NotAnAccident index which tracks incidents.
In almost a quarter of those incidents, the shooter was a child aged three or under.
The group's research shows that there were at least 300 unintentional shootings by children every year since 2015.
Everytown says that research shows an estimated 4.6 million children in the US live in homes where there is at least one gun that is kept loaded and unlocked.
The group, along with numerous other charities and nonprofit organisations, are urging gun owners to take extra precautions when children are in the presence of firearms by keeping them locked, unloaded and separated from ammunition.