Mother accidentally shoots and kills two-year-old girl at Wickliffe hotel in Ohio
Police officials have said that it appears the child's mother was handling a loaded gun when she dropped it and it went off, the bullet striking the 2-year-old in the chest
A mother of a two-year-old girl shot and killed her child accidentally at a Wickliffe hotel in Ohio on Friday night, according to police reports. The authorities are now investigating the fatal shooting.
The shooting reportedly occurred at the Econo Lodge Wickliffe-Cleveland East, 28611 Euclid Ave around 11 pm.
Police officials have said that it appears the child's mother was handling a loaded gun when she dropped it and it went off, the bullet striking the 2-year-old in the chest, according to reports.
The mother reportedly told a 911 operator initially that the gun's safety lock was off when her child got shot, however, a few seconds later she told them the safety was on when she dropped the weapon.
"The safety was on when I dropped the gun and the bullet shot her. The gun dropped, I dropped my gun. She's gone. My baby's gone. She's not breathing at all. She's gone," the mother told the 911 operator.
Police said that they received a call about a child suffering a gunshot wound. The first officer reportedly reached the scene and tried performing CPR on the child, and then later paramedics arrived and took over.
Authorities said that the child was rushed to a nearby hospital, Lake Health West Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Authorities have not revealed the two-year-old's name.
Police officials said that the shooting appears to be accidental and that mother had the weapon legally and also carried a concealed carry permit with her.
The police officials also added that it will not be up to the Lake County Crime Lab and the prosecutor's office to determine whether any charges will be filed in the case, reports state.