According to the Merrillville Police Department, Cash Irby Jr., 4, took the gun from his parents’ bedroom and brought it to his room, where it went off and shot him in the head. Police found the child unresponsive and doctors pronounced him dead at Broadway Methodist Hospital South.
Family member Kelly White-Gibson says the gun was placed on a high shelf in a closet inside the home on the 6400 block of Cleveland Street.
Cash’s parents say the 4-year old must have climbed on something to get his hands on the loaded handgun. The parents were busy with their five-year-old daughter and one-year-old son, when they heard a gunshot coming from Cash’s room.
Police say Cash shot himself one time in the head. The Lake County Indiana Coroner ruled the death an accident– but police and child protective services are still investigating.