Deputies: Florida toddler fatally shoots self with dad’s gun
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a Tampa Bay area toddler is dead after finding his father’s .380-caliber handgun in the family’s car and shooting himself.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies say Kaleb Ahles was in the car Wednesday afternoon while 23-year-old parents Kevin Ahles and Christina Nigro loaded boxes as they prepared to move. Somehow, the boy opened the glove compartment, where Ahles stored the gun.
The parents told deputies they heard a loud pop and ran to the car. The mother performed CPR and the boy was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says the parents won’t face criminal charges because no one could punish them more than they’ll punish themselves. He called the incident a “tragic situation” where “everything happens the wrong way.”