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No charges: 3-year-old boy shot in head

Gun locks are available for free at many police stations or a sheriff's offices. Gun locks are available for free at many police stations or a sheriff's offices.

By John Bachman email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A 3-year-old child has died after the boy accidentally shot himself. The child was playing hide and seek with family members when he found a gun. Now, there are new details about why no charges have been filed in this case.

West Palm Beach police say they are still investigating the shooting incident. But, they say, even though the child was able to get his hands on that gun, they have not filed any charges.

We can only imagine the pain Doris Jackson must be feeling. She is the little boy's aunt. The shooting happened at her house.

Relative Samuel Smith says the family is crushed. "This is just a real bad time, a real hard time. It's not easy when you lose loved ones," he says.

Investigators questioned Doris Jackson and her husband shortly after the shooting. Police tell us the gun was stashed in a closet the 3-year-old boy found it during a game of hide and seek.

Under Florida law it is a crime to store or leave a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of a minor. And the gun owner can be charged with a felony if the minor dies as a result of getting a gun. But, family members say, there is no punishment for the Jacksons worse than losing the little boy.

"Right now, he's just really tore to pieces. I can't even imagine to even start to tell you what he's going through," says Smith.

According to West Palm Beach police the gun was not easily accessible in the closet, and, as of Tuesday night, no charges have been filed.

But, neighbor Frances Carswell says, there is a lesson to be learned after this tragic death. "They shouldn't even have guns around kids, not that close. If they got some kids this big, they can put the guns up higher than that," says Carswell.

Florida's passed it's Child Access Prevention law almost 20 years ago. It was the first in the nation. But you can't be charged if you keep your gun locked in a safe or use a trigger lock device. They are available for free at many police stations or a sheriff's offices.

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