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A young child accidentally used his uncle's service weapon, which was left loaded and unsecured by a Missouri deputy sheriff

A Missouri deputy sheriff left his gun loaded and unattended at a family gathering last week, and his 2-year-old nephew found it and shot himself. Ferguson Police spokesperson Pat Washington said the St. Louis deputy, who was not identified, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Washington said the child wasn’t taken to …

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A Missouri deputy sheriff left his gun loaded and unattended at a family gathering last week, and his 2-year-old nephew found it and shot himself.

Ferguson Police spokesperson Pat Washington stated that the St. Louis deputy, who remains unnamed, faces charges for putting a child in danger. The child did not receive medical attention until the authorities arrived on March 17.

Washington informed the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the boy's condition was critical but stable after being hospitalized on Saturday. KDSK said The child was discharged from the hospital later in the week.

Ferguson Police detective Sammy Numan stated that the gun was the deputy's official weapon.

“Children don’t understand what guns are capable of and when they have it within reach, they’re often curious,” he said. “They want to play with it. They want to touch it. … Unload your guns. Invest in some gun locks.”

“I will hold you to a higher standard because you’ve been through the training. You know the danger that’s associated with guns,” Numan added.

St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts, who is running for re-election, released a statement to the Post Dispatch through his campaign manager assuring the public “our prayers are with the family of this young man who was tragically injured.”

We are praying for his complete recovery,” he said. “This tragic accident is exactly why I mandate weapons safety training and safe storage including gun locks.

None of the local media agencies stated whether the deputy had been suspended or placed on leave.

[Featured image: Shutterstock]

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