Father charged after police say toddler shoots himself

It’s not known if the toddler will survive
Published: Sep. 24, 2020 at 10:40 AM CDT
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee man is facing criminal charges after police say his 2-year-old son shot himself in the head with a loaded gun he found in his father’s SUV.

A criminal complaint signed Wednesday says the child is hospitalized in critical condition and it’s not yet known whether he will survive.

Twenty-nine-year-old Tommy Smith III is charged with neglecting a child resulting in great bodily harm. According to the complaint, Smith and his son were waiting in the SUV to pickup Smith’s girlfriend last Saturday in Milwaukee, when a gun went off, striking the boy.

Smith and his girlfriend took the child to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was later transferred to Children’s Hospital. 

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