*BREAKING* 3-Year-Old Child Accidentally Shoots Herself with Unsecured and Unlicensed Handgun : YPD
The following is the actual YPD press statement:
On Friday, December 23, 2016 at approximately 1:06PM, members of the Yarmouth Police and Fire Departments responded to 47 Captain Daniel Road in South Yarmouth for a report of a 3- year-old child who accidentally shot herself with her father’s firearm.
Members of the Yarmouth Fire Department arrived at the home and immediately provided emergency medical treatment to the child who was suffering from a severe gunshot wound to her left hand.
Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Officers secured the scene and conducted an initial investigation that determined the child had obtained access to an unsecured fully loaded handgun that had been left on a nightstand in a bedroom that she shared with her parents.
The child was transported by Yarmouth Fire Department ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital where she was treated by doctors and nurses in the Emergency Department. Once stabilized, the child was transferred to a Boston Hospital where she is currently located and is expected to survive.
Yarmouth Police Officers seized the handgun involved—a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol—as well as other unlicensed firearms and ammunition owned by the child’s father.
Yarmouth Police Detective Scott Lundegren arrived on scene and is actively conducting a follow-up investigation.
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families were immediately contacted and have taken custody of the child.
The child’s father is a military veteran and living with his parents here in South Yarmouth.
The investigation is active and ongoing and numerous criminal charges involving violations of the Massachusetts Firearms Laws will be filed through the Barnstable District Court against the child’s father—Nicholas Alexander Jenner—age 30. Some of the charges will be:
• IMPROPER STORAGE OF A LARGE-CAPACITY FIREAM NEAR A MINOR
• IMPROPER STORAGE OF A LARGE-CAPACITY FIREAM
• UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREARM
• UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A LARGE CAPACITY FIREARM
• RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT OF A CHILD
The Yarmouth Police Department reminds everyone who has a firearm to be fully aware of the proper safety procedures and their legal storage requirements and all of the Massachusetts Gun Laws.
The Yarmouth Police Department also extends our gratitude to the Police Officers and Firefighters involved in this incident as well as all of the Doctors and Nurses at Cape Cod Hospital and in Boston who all came together—at Christmas—and helped save this child’s life.
[This release was prepared and distributed by the Command Staff of the Yarmouth Police Department.]
© 2016 Robert Bastille, HyannisNews.com