MOORESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — An Indianapolis child is dead after a shooting in Mooresville.
The shooting of the two-year-old boy is believed to be accidental, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities have identified the child as 2-year-old Anthony Jones.
Deputies were called out to the 7600 block of North Kitchen Road around 6:30 a.m.
Captain Brent Worth says the child’s mother, Stephanie Jones, 26, was at the home at the time of the shooting.
Deputies said the mother and child were at the residence house-sitting for relatives. Investigators said the child was able to obtain the mother’s unsecured handgun while she was in the other room. The gun accidentally discharged and the child sustained a fatal head injury.
According to police, Stephanie Jones was in the bathroom while her son Anthony was watching TV.
Jones heard a gun shot and ran into the other room to find her son on the floor. Anthony had found his mother’s unsecured firearm and pulled the trigger, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stephanie’s husband 23-year-old Luke Jones was not at the house at the time of the shooting. The couple live in Indianapolis and neighbors tell News 8 the couple has another child.
An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday. The death remains under investigation. Police recovered a small caliber handgun from the home. The case could be turned over the Morgan County Prosecutor’s office for review.