NEW INFO: Three Year Old Dead After Finding Gun At Home

Onslow County, NC - The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says the three year old son of a police officer, who found his father's gun Monday morning in their Onslow County home, has died.

It happened shortly after 10:00 a.m. at a home on Rutherford Way, that's in the Kanton Hills subdivision off Dawson Cabin Road.

Sheriff Ed Brown says the child shot himself in the forehead. The sheriff says the child's father is a civilian police officer at Camp Lejeune.

The child was dead on arrival at Onslow Memorial Hospital.

The home belongs to Robert & Kimberly Lewis, but the sheriff is not yet releasing the name of the victim.

The sheriff says the child's mother was in bed and that the boy came in and told her he was going to go play with his toys.

The gun was on an end table or coffee table in another room. "I want to tell all parents that if you have a weapon or a knife in your house, that a child could hurt themselves with or someone else, or you...that you need to be conscious because children are very curious and exploratory," Brown told WITN News.

The sheriff says the gun was not military issue, but a personal handgun owned by the father. He said the family was in the process of moving out of the home.

"You always think about the tragedy in cases like this and the injury the child has sustained, but you have to realize that people get careless," said the sheriff.

Brown said they are now interviewing the father and mother. There is no word yet whether any charges will be filed.


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  • by alan Location: morehead on Nov 23, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    how can you be so STUPID .STUPID,STUPID. i've had guns all my life. no child can access my gun but i can in 5 sec. and this comming from a trained officer. well it was his fault and he should pay for his crime.and he should never own another gun. Should't have had that one, argue with that////
  • by Trey on Nov 23, 2009 at 03:21 AM
    This child wentstraight to Jesus Christ!!! Celebrate he is the moat wonderful place he could be!!
  • by Kel Location: Roper N.C on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    Im An truely sorry for the lost of the 3 year old also but id love to know why they havent put any up date up here in the past 3 days!!
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: NC on Nov 19, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    I am truly sorry for the loss of a child. How many innocent people have to die before this country realizes we need stricter gun control. I no, I no, guns don't kill people, people kill people. I don't want the parents to feel worse than they do already but who left the gun accessible to a toddler in the first place. That seems like fundamental gun handling to me(Not leaving it where a child can get it). People say that with gun control only the criminals will have guns. If that's true we'd know who the criminal really are then wouldn't we. If stricter gun control was in place and it saved one life; wouldn't it be worth it. Since some people are bound and determined to have guns; they should be prepared to accept responsibility for any tragic mistakes that may occur. How could he have left that gun out with a toddler in the house.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    People all humans that is make mistakes everyday, sometimes it is the worse mistake you can imagine. You feel as almost you are dreaming and this did not happen. I do not know this family however I know as a mom, I'm not always up at 10am but if my child says something to me I'm listening and can answer with out a problem. This mother told her child it was ok to go play with his toys, not knowing there was a gun on a table. It does say they are moving, it can be easy to misplace something when you are moving, who knows this gun could have been hid behind another piece of furniture lying on a table. Regardless of what happened it sounds like they were good parents and have lost the love of their life due to a serious mistake. Imagine if it happened to you what would you feel, what would you say, how would you cope? how do you get up everyday, how do you explain how do you not cry, how much do you regret?? This is sad, leave it up to a higher power to judge. Pray for the family!!
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Nov 18, 2009 at 05:12 AM
    To Concerned: You're right; how would a three-year old know what to touch, and not to touch? That's a good point. It is still sad for them.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    It's a sad, sad world, all you all can do is blame the family that's just lost their BABY for making a mistake. I'm sure all of you have never made a mistake in your lifetime. There should be no charges brought against the family. What they've faced is a thousand times worse than life under the prison with no chance of parole.
  • by Krysta Location: Lejeune on Nov 17, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    I agree with the previous poster. These parents messed up. They will live with this for the rest of their lives. It's a shame that to teach this lesson, a child lost their life. I'm not being rude, but I'm not going to sit and pretend that they're not at fault. This was careless. And couldve been prevented. RIP little one.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    Every other story on this site is filled with blame and judgement-even stories that aren't the least bit negative you will see irrelevant comments making baseless judgements. With this story it is painfully obvious who is at fault. Even if the parents are married, white, God fearing, upstanding red-blooded Americans who wouldn't know a foodstamp if it hit them in the face, they screwed up. You DO NOT leave a child that young unattended and you DO NOT leave a firearm where a child can get to it, especially a loaded, unlocked firearm.
  • by alert Location: pinetown on Nov 17, 2009 at 02:20 PM
    what is wrong with you people. pray for this family and not bash them. Put yourself in their place. you watch too much tv. my heart goes out to the whole family. god be with you all. ignore all the ignorant people because this world is full of them but there are still some caring people here for you.God Bless,,
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