Gun that killed 2-year-old belonged to mom, authorities say
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A gun that a 2-year-old boy used to fatally shoot himself had no safety, a round in the chamber, and belonged to the toddler’s mother, prosecutors say.
Prosecutors on Wednesday called the Oct. 21 death of Lohki Bloom an act of child abuse, the Gazette reported .
Lohki’s mother, 32-year-old Melissa Michelle Adamson, was high on methamphetamine and arguing with her drug dealer when she failed to secure the weapon, authorities said.
Adamson, who faces up to 48 years in prison on a sole felony count, told investigators she loaded the weapon after receiving threatening text messages from a drug dealer named “Beast.”
Adamson remains free on $10,000 bond awaiting a Feb. 11 arraignment.
Lohki’s father helped her load the gun earlier in the day but warned her not to put a round in the chamber because the gun had no safety, according to testimony. She did so anyway.
Surveillance footage from inside the apartment showed that Lohki shot himself moments after discovering the weapon, according to El Paso County sheriff’s investigators.
The toddler pointed the weapon into his mouth as if it were a squirt gun — one of his favorite toys — and pulled the trigger, prosecutors said.
The other children — Lohki’s half-siblings — are in the custody of their birth father, and a dependency and neglect case is pending, authorities say.
Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com