A 9-month-old baby boy in Northwestern Missouri died on Monday after being fatally shot by his 5-year-old brother.
The infant, who was in his crib at the time, was shot in the head with a .22 caliber magnum revolver, according to Fox 4 News.
Nodaway (Mo.) County Sheriff Darren White said that the loaded gun had been kept on a shelf that was connected to the master bed. While the children's mother had originally reported that her elder son had shot the baby with a paintball gun, law enforcement and medical personnel determined that the wound came from the revolver.
The baby was air lifted to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, where he died from his injuries.
A neighbor, Kathy Armentrout, told Fox 4 that she brought the baby's three other brothers—ages 5, 3 and 1—to her house after what investigators are calling an "accidental shooting."
"They're not very old, so they have no clue what was happening, you know," she told the news outlet.
After being informed by the Sherriff's Department, the local prosecutor will assemble a child fatality review board to decide if charges will be filed against the parents.