SOUTH BEND, Ind. — South Bend police say a 3-year-old boy who found an unlocked gun safe near where his mother was sleeping on a couch picked up the weapon and accidentally shot himself in the wrist.
A spokeswoman at Memorial Hospital says Eric Caprio was transferred to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where he was in good condition Monday.
South Bend police Lt. Cindy Kilgore says the boy’s father works the midnight shift, so the mother keeps a gun nearby.
Kilgore says the mother was unaware her son was up and she was awakened when she heard the gunshot about 7 a.m. Sunday.
Kilgore says no charges were filed because police determined the shooting was accidental. A copy of the police report was forwarded to Child Protective Services.