1-Year-Old Son of Corrections Officer Shot, Killed by Sister

Police say the girl got a hold of her mother's gun
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2017 6:21 PM CST
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(Newser) – Tragedy in California, where the 1-year-old son of a state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officer was accidentally shot and killed by his sister. Police responding to a 911 call Wednesday night in Chowchilla found the boy with a bullet wound to the head; he died en route to a local hospital. The children's mother, Erica Bautisa, who has been a corrections officer for 16 years, was home at the time. Police say the gun the girl got a hold of was registered to Bautisa and was not her duty weapon. Charges could be levied: "Any time a child gets a hold of firearm, and there's some sort of a negligent discharge, it's a criminal matter," an officer tells ABC 30. (Read more accidental discharge stories.)

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