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CPS: Cherokee Co. toddler who shot himself Wednesday has died

CPS: Cherokee Co. toddler who shot himself Wednesday has died
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POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 8:46pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 12:26pm

 A 2-year-old boy is dead after what authorities say was an accidental, self-inflicted gun-shot wound.

The child, Trenton Mathis, was to turn 3-years-old on July 5.

At 3:19 p.m.,  Wednesday afternoon, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call for medical assistance in the Shadybrook East Subdivision on Lake Palestine.

The caller was reporting that a 2-year-old child had shot himself in the face with a 9MM pistol.

The call for help was made by the child's great-grandmother, who was at home with the child when the shooting occurred, as was the child's great-grandfather.

The Lake Palestine Volunteer Fire Department , as well as EMS, arrived on scene in an attempt to treat the child.

ETMC Air-1 was called in to fly the child to a trauma center in Tyler where the child was later pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Further details are not available at this time due to an ongoing investigation as to what exactly happened and how the child came into
possession of the handgun.

No determination has been made as to whether any criminal charges will be filed.

Once the investigation is completed, the information will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for review.


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I heard the child was at his great great grandparents house. Obviously, the house was not
child-proofed. Lots of kids dying in the news lately. Pretty sad stuff.

Sad, deef? Are you icy cold? By gawd, don't anyone give up a single gun in your cache of weapons!! Deef would never suggest this, just that you find a gun safe big enough to keep your supply of guns at the ready for the revolt he mentioned weeks ago. These tragedies are coming too often, and adults who are supposed to be smart enough to even own guns are sloppy, forgetful, lazy...and who pays the price? The innocent children. Bet this family disposes of all their guns today.

Prayers for this little boy and his parents. They must feel so guilty and stupid for leaving a gun in the reach of their son. I pray that sooner or later that people realize the responsabilty they have when they have a gun in the home.

Sad. We had one drown in a swimming pool this week to, didn't we?

Folks, we leave dangerous objects around for kids to find or stumble into. THINK before you leave them accessible.

What is wrong with you? Do you immediately feel the need to go on the defensive any time "gun" appears in an article?

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