2 Year Old Shot, Killed With Gun Found In NC Home

Police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who was shot in the head after a gun was left unsecured in his central North Carolina home.

Sanford Police Department spokesman Capt. David Smith said officers responded to a call from a home in Sanford Wednesday morning and found the child suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.

Smith said the boy's mother, Melanie Tyson, and two other children, a 4-year-old and another toddler, were in the home at the time.

Police are still investigating the incident and say it isn't clear if the 2-year-old, whose name has not been released, accidentally shot himself or if one of the other children shot him.

No phone number is listed for the child's parents.

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  • by D Location: Reality on Oct 5, 2009 at 09:20 AM
    U know the comments i have read is sad yall are sum people that like 2 put other people down. But whaat u need 2 do is just pray for the family and stop judging the mother of the child. I'm 18 years old and I have 2 kids and it would be hard if I lost a child. So 4 the family of the lost I'm praying 4 u in GOD name.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Oct 5, 2009 at 06:48 AM
    "shawna", what religion do you practice. If you are a Christian, please do not make up things or push non-Biblical tradition as reality. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God makes angels out of people who die. People like you have made this stuff up through the years and it needs to stop.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2009 at 03:23 AM
    Who would teach the class? You, MOM or maybe ANONYMOUS? Who says you raised your kids correctly. Give me a break. Why don't some of you just go back to Pleasantville, USA.
  • by shawna Location: gvegas on Oct 1, 2009 at 07:40 PM
    this is a tragedy that im sure they didnt mean for it to happen looks like god needed another angel my heart goes out to this familt
  • by DC Location: Kinston on Oct 1, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    Jeff this is a tragic thing to happen to anyone. In North Carolina it is illegal to store a firearm where a juvenile can have access to it. So a crime was already being committed before this child was killed. Firearm ownership comes with a great deal of responsability as does many other things in life. Incidents like this could be prevented with more firearms education. I feel very sure the owner of this firearm was lacking in this area otherwise it would not have happened. We know that the misuse of anything can result in tragic results. Please pray for the family of this child.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2009 at 06:41 PM
    Moma if being a idiot you shouldn't have children I know you are child free. Have some respect this family has lost there baby. Do you think they wanted this to happen? Come on person from earth to you.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Oct 1, 2009 at 05:40 PM
    Another example of why guns should be banned. They don't protect. More people die by accidents with guns every day. Sure it's your right. But that's stupid.
  • by Moma Location: NC on Oct 1, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    A response TO ME. Your sympathy's should lie with the child. Nothing I said was intended to be disrespectful. Most people are sick and tired of seeing babies die avoidable deaths. What would be wrong with all expectant parents taking a mandatory Baby 101 class?! You can't drive a car without a license. What is more important than a child's saftey? Here are a few things to be taught, don't shake the baby, don't let babies or kids around pitbulls, don't leave your kids unattended, and lock up the fire arms. The hospital makes sure you have a baby seat before you go home but they don't give you ANY do's and don'ts before you leave with the baby. That is up to each parent to get that information any way they can. I think it is very sad they lost their baby but read between the lines. I am a Mom too. I love kids. Their loss is horrific and painful. Just so avoidable. Those that call that judgement? Give me a break.
  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on Oct 1, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    Failure to properly secure a firearm is a violation of the law. The person owning the firearm is responsible for its' safekeeping at all times. You can be charged, criminally. Weapons are not toys and should always be treated as if they are loaded. There are far too many being killed by a gun thought to be empty or unloaded. Therefore, never point a gun at anything you do not intend to kill, period. Once the bullet is on it's way, you can't recall it.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 1, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    To ME. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Im with Moma! People SHOULD have to take parenting classes! It is sad but you shouldn't have to explain to anyone that when there is a baby or children in the home that you lock up your guns and ammunition in 2 seperate places. If you read this site, almost every single day, adults are not being responsible and things are happening to kids that could easily been avoided with some commen sense. That is serious stuff! There is no disrespect intended. There is a message. I wish it was mandatory all expectant parents had to take parenting classes. AND THEY WOULD HAVE TO PASS OR PUT THEM UP FOR ADOPTION. Very sad story. No doubt.
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