Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves said officials were investigating how the older boy got hold of a .25-caliber pistol, which had discharged and hit the toddler in the area of his head and neck, according to the newspaper.
The toddler is expected to recover, Graves said. Authorities were still questioning family members and it was unknown whether any charges would be brought.
Missouri Republicans this week began to break their silence about the state GOP chairman's alleged link to state Auditor Tom Schweich's (R) suicide.
The floodgates opened Tuesday at Schweich's funeral service, where former U.S. Sen. John Danforth (R-MO) implicitly rejected Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock's denials about being involved in an anti-Semitic "whisper campaign." Schweich had told people before his death that Hancock was telling people he was Jewish, when in fact he was Episcopalian.
Schweich, who was a leading Republican gubernatorial candidate, believed that the "whisper campaign" was intended to hurt him among evangelical Christian primary voters. Hancock had previously done consulting work for Schweich's primary opponent, Catherine Hanaway.
Three distinct camps emerged following Schweich's funeral: those who demanded Hancock’s resignation, those who lined up in support of the party leader, and those who refused to touch such a political football -- for now. But while lawmakers can make all the noise they want, it's ultimately up to the state Republican Party committee to decide whether Hancock stays or goes.
Here's a look at some of the state's political heavy hitters and what they've said about Hancock's future with the Missouri GOP.
Actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured on Thursday after a plane he was flying crashed on a golf course in Mar Vista, Calif., according to reports from NBC News and TMZ.
According to NBC News, Ford was stabilized and taken to a local hospital for treatment. NBC reported that Ford was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital and that he was in "fair to moderate" condition. NBC did not have information on what caused the vintage World War II plane Ford was piloting to crash.