Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that Deputies responded to a reported ten year child that had been shot in the head. Once Deputies arrived on scene they learned that the child had went outside to water and feed the family dog. Shortly after he went outside family members and a neighbor heard a gunshot.
The ten year old came inside and went to his older brother to tell him that he was shot. The brother told the rest of the family who then called 911. Deputies and first responders arrived at the home.
Initially the ten year old told Deputies a stranger had fired the gun but later admitted he had been playing with the gun when it went off. This was supported by evidence at the scene. During the investigation it was learned that the family keeps a revolver pistol in the car for safety and the child had gotten the gun from the unlocked vehicle.
Iredell County EMS transported the 10 year old to Brenner’s Hospital in Winston-Salem where he was treated for a minor gunshot wound to his head. The child was treated and released.
In North Carolina it is against the law to leave a firearm in a condition that an unsupervised minor can have access. In this case, the loaded handgun was left in an unlocked vehicle in the garage of the home where the child retrieved it.
Detectives charged Christina Gibbs Little with Misdemeanor Failure to secure a firearm to protect a minor. Little was given a $5,000.00 dollar unsecured bond by Magistrate Daniel Chambers and has a court date of October 23, 2017 in Statesville District Court.
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