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Boy, 3, fatally shot himself playing with gun he took from mom's purse

A 3-year-old boy was fatally shot in Hamilton Thursday. (FOX19 NOW/Dave Smith) A 3-year-old boy was fatally shot in Hamilton Thursday. (FOX19 NOW/Dave Smith)
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -

A 3-year-old boy fatally shot himself in the chest while playing with a gun he took from his mother's purse, police said Friday.

Marques Green died shortly after paramedics rushed him to Fort Hamilton Hospital just after 4 p.m. Thursday.

This is the second time in a week a Hamilton child has been shot and killed while playing with a gun.

Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser is taking the case to a grand jury for possible criminal charges due to the seriousness of the incident. 

"My son just shot himself!" the frantic woman screamed when she called 911 from their Gordon Smith Boulevard home, according to a recording of the call.

The dispatcher instructs the mother for several minutes how to give her son emergency medical care until paramedics arrived.

"Where did he get the gun and where is the gun now?" the dispatcher asked.

"The gun is mine and it's in the house," the woman responded.

"How did he get it? Can you tell me that?"

"I carry it in my purse, I laid my purse down. We just got home."

Neighbor, Leonard Angel, says he understands why any mother would carry a gun in this neighborhood. He says it is not safe out there.

“We came back this Wednesday and I came back to find my house had been broken into,” said Angel. “I have been approached two or three time, but young people, trying to pick a fight. I don't know what they were doing. Yeah, I have concerns about coming out in to this neighborhood.”

Hours before the 3-year-old was shot, a 16-year-old boy was arraigned on an upgraded charge of reckless homicide in the shooting death of his 14-year-old friend last week.

The teen is accused of killing Gabriel Mejia June 3 when a gun accidentally went off while the teens played with it inside a Fairview Avenue home.

Mejia died two days later.

Police are still investigating where the 16-year-old got the gun that he brought to Mejia's house.

On Thursday, the 16-year-old boy's lawyer said the teen didn't formally enter a plea, but the defense plans a not-guilty plea.

A Butler County Juvenile Court judge ordered the boy to remain in a juvenile detention center.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for July 9.

This is the second child killed in an accidental shooting on Gordon Smith Boulevard. 5-year-old Zachariah Nesbitt found a handgun in the his family's apartment and shot himself in the chest in 2009.

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