A 2-year-old boy in Texas was pronounced dead Wednesday after he shot himself in a home that Child Protective Services had deemed unfit for children just last year, KLTV reported.
Trenton Mathis shot himself in the face with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun Wednesday afternoon in his great-grandparents’ home in Cherokee County, Texas. Police said both great-grandparents were at the home when the shooting took place.
Mathis and his three siblings were removed from their parents’ home in Harris County, Texas last year by CPS due to “abuse and neglect,” according to the report. Three of those children, including the now-deceased toddler, were placed in their great-grandparents’ home, despite the fact that CPS denied a home study. Such a denial signaled that CPS did not believe the home was safe for children, according to KLTV. The other child was placed in a foster home.
Correction: This post originally gave the wrong caliber for the the weapon involved. It was a 9 mm handgun.
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