The Times West Virginian

May 9, 2013

Texas toddler dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Police call child’s death ‘tragic accident’

By Bob Belcher
CNHI News Service

CORSICANA, Texas — A Texas toddler who shot himself in the head with a handgun Wednesday night has died.

Corsicana, Texas, Police Chief Randy Bratton said Thursday there is no indication that the shooting death of 2-year-old Kinsler Davis was anything but a “tragic accident.”

Davis died late Wednesday from what is being described as an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Corsicana EMS personnel were called to the home at 8:46 p.m. Wednesday, after the child’s father called 911 and reported his son had shot himself.

Bratton said the child apparently found the handgun hidden in a bedroom at his father’s house on North 30th Street. The gun accidentally discharged, striking the child in the head.

Davis was taken by air ambulance to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, where he died, according to information from the Dallas Medical Examiner’s office.

Bratton told reporters Thursday the child’s father was in a walk-in closet in the bedroom of the home when the accidental shooting occurred. Bratton did not release the name of the child’s father.

“All the information indicates this was a tragic accident,” Bratton said. “The father said he believed he had the hand gun concealed in the bedroom.” The gun did not have a lock on it, Bratton said.

News of the tragedy spread quickly Wednesday night through friends and social media outlets, prompting an outpouring of prayers for the family, the child, and the first responders called to work the tragedy.

Bratton said many officers on the department know the child’s family, as do many in the city.

A fund to help the family of Kinsler Davis with medical and funeral expenses has been established at all branches of Community National Bank and Trust of Texas.

In light of the tragedy, Bratton encouraged those who have guns in their home to take precautions to prevent accidents such as the one that happened Wednesday.

“The message is even if you think you have the firearm hidden, hidden is not good enough,” he said. Bratton said the use of a child-proof lock or a secured holster can help prevent accidental discharge of weapons. He said the Corsicana Police Department has gun locks available free of charge to the public.

Bratton said his department’s investigation into the tragedy will be submitted to the Navarro County District Attorney’s office to determine if any charges will be filed, or if a grand jury will hear the case.