FREDERICK, Colo. (CBS4) – Authorities in Weld County have identified the 3-year-old boy who they say died after he accidentally shot himself in the head.
The shooting happened Monday just after 9 a.m. at Sheine Steine’s home in Frederick. Steine died at the hospital after his mother Dione Warren called police when she found him lying on the ground in her bedroom. Steine was bleeding and not breathing.
When police arrived at the home a handgun was found near the child’s head and a bullet was found lying on the bed.
Frederick Police Chief Gary Barbour says the boy shot himself in the head from a Glock, model 23, .40 caliber gun. He said Warren thought at first that the boy had fallen and struck his head on a bedside table.
“We have no reason to believe this was other than an accidental firing of the gun while the child handled it,” Barbour wrote in an email to reporters on Tuesday.
The accidental shooting remains under investigation. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is trying to determine who fired the gun. They said it’s possible the boy could have fired the gun himself. They are also trying to determine if that handgun was locked up.
Steine lived at the home with Warren and his stepfather Jeremy McCollem, who owns the gun. McCollem was not home at the time of the accident.