Almost 2-year-old boy kills himself due to carelessness of the representatives

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A Missouri couple has been charged with child endangerment after a 21-month-old St. Louis boy found a gun he had left in a TV cabinet and fatally shot himself in the head.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch informs Prosecutors say the boy’s mother, Alea Little, 24, and her boyfriend, Donnell Straughter, 30, were lying in bed when Khori Patterson got out of bed on Aug. 31 and left the room. According to court documents, Little told investigators that a few minutes later she heard a gunshot and found Khori slumped in a pool of blood.

Little told police she knew the gun was where Khori could reach it and neither she nor Straughter moved it.

After Khori was found, Straughter told Little that he didn’t want the police to know he had a gun or that the boy used it to shoot himself. Straughter then fled, leaving Little at home with Khori.

The boy died when police took him to hospital while being held by his grandfather.

“I kept telling him to breathe, and he would take a breath,” the boy’s grandfather, Lee Little, told the Post-Dispatch. “I told him: ‘Khori, if you listen to me, hug me.’ He put his arm around me and took a deep breath, and he never breathed again.”

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