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Gunshot kills toddler

From Staff Reports

No identification or new information has been released by the Lonoke County Sheriff’s office about the Sunday death of a 3-year-old child near Cabot. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, the death is being considered an accidental shooting with no indications of foul play.

Information released by the sheriff’s office is that at about 3:45 p.m., Sunday, a 911 reported that that a child had been shot, at a Kerr Station Road residence.

Deputies Brandon McKiever, John Beranek and state police trooper Jason Dooley responded to the call.

However, the victim, a 3-year-old male, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Med-Flight medical personnel.

Preliminary findings are that the child, at the residence of a friend of the family, picked up a 9-millimeter handgun. The gun fired, striking the child.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Jim Kulesa said the there is nothing that indicates foul play at this time.

Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley said this is a good example to maintain proper gun safety. He said that gun locks are available at the sheriff’s office.

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