Indiana boy finds gun, fatally shoots self

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old northwest Indiana boy who found a handgun in his parents’ bedroom died from a head wound when the gun discharged.

Cash Irby Jr. of Merrillville was pronounced dead Saturday morning at a local hospital.

Merrillville Police Cmdr. Jeff Rice says Irby took a gun from his parents’ bedroom and went to his room, where the gun discharged.

The Lake County coroner’s office listed the boy’s cause of death as an accidental gunshot wound to the head.

Irby’s second cousin, Kelly White-Gibson, tells The Times of Munster the boy climbed shelves in a closet to get the gun from the back of a top shelf. She says the family kept the handgun for protection.

The boy’s parents and two siblings were home at the time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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