POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 5:52pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 11:26am
Tyler, TX — According to authorities at around three Wednesday afternoon the Cherokee County Sheriff's department received a 911 call for medical assistance at the Shadybrook East subdivision on Lake Palestine.
Authorities say, the caller, two year old Trenton Mathis' great grandmother reported her grandson had accidentally shot himself with a 9 mm pistol.
The child was flown to a Tyler hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Officials say Mathis was living with his great grandparents after already being taken away from his twenty-one year old mother.
Shari Pulliam with Child Protective Services says, "The case originated in Harris County outside of Houston. We had removed the three children back in December in Harris County from the parents. The allegations were physical neglect and physical abuse. The three children were originally placed with the great grandparents there in Bullard, TX where the incident happened."