HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- Deputies said a 3-year-old boy was injured after he found a gun in his family’s Humble-area home late Wednesday.
Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office were called to Fawn Park near Storm Cove View around 10:15 p.m.
The boy reportedly shot himself in the foot; paramedics took him to the hospital in stable condition.
The sheriff's office later said the child found the gun on his dad's nightstand. The dad is now facing charges of making a firearm accessible to a child.
The family declined to speak with KHOU 11 News early Thursday.
"… a bit devastated,” said Kerry Ann Kelsaw, a neighbor. “ I mean, I think one would put their gun in a safe place. I guess it could have been worse. So at this point you have to be grateful that his life wasn't taken.”
“I don’t know them real well,” said Jerry Mann, another neighbor. “I say hi to them when they come out. The little kid, I’ve seen him riding around on a little tricycle – it’s a shocker.”
An investigation is underway, and the case has been referred to the district attorney’s office as well as CPS, deputies said.
In the meantime, authorities said a family member has temporary custody of the couple’s other child.