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Florida Boy Kaleb Ahles, 2, Shoots Himself In The Chest After Finding Father's Gun

23/01/2015 11:07 GMT | Updated 23/01/2015 11:59 GMT
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An American toddler died on Wednesday after shooting himself with his father's gun.

Kaleb Ahles, 2, is reported to have removed the loaded firearm from the glove compartment of the family car while parents Christina Nigro and Kevin Ahles were loading boxes into the boot.

Pinellas County Sheriff deputies say the boy turned the .380 calibre pistol towards his chest and squeezed the trigger.

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Kevin Ahles and Christina Nigro

Officers are confident the child pulled the trigger himself as the shell casing was not fully ejected from the slider.

"He probably barely got the trigger pulled," Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

"It's just one of those things that happens where everything lined up the wrong way, where we had a two-and-a-half year old that was able to take a gun, pick it up turn it around and he shot himself dead center in the middle of the chest."

The child's parents, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, reported hearing a loud "pop" before rushing to the car and administering CPR.

Kaleb was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Florida state law requires gun owners to secure their weapons in the presence of children under 16, but they can only be charged if the minor brandishes it in public.

Cecilia Barreda of Pinellas County sheriff’s office said the pair would not be charged as the weapon was "secured" in the glove box.

"A great little kid was killed today," Kaleb's grandfather told the Miami Herald.

"That's all there is to say."