Three-year-old Houston toddler fatally shoots himself with grandparents' gun

Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-06 17:16:56-04

A 3-year-old is dead after Houston-area authorities say he shot himself with his grandparent's handgun.

Harris County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tebben Lewis says the boy died Monday at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Officials say deputies went to a neighborhood in the north Houston suburb of Spring after receiving a report that a 3-year-old boy who had been hurt. Detectives said the boy's grandparents had been babysitting him and put him down for a nap in the master bedroom.

Sgt. Ben Beall says the grandparents later went in to check on him and found that the child apparently had found a pistol in the bedroom and shot himself in the head.

The case is being referred to a grand jury.