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Police: Father charged after 5-year-old shoots self in Middletown

Investigators believe the shooting was an accident.
Police: Father charged after 5-year-old shoots self in Middletown
Published: Apr. 27, 2022 at 10:33 PM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - The father of a 5-year-old is being held without bond after his son shot himself Wednesday.

Middletown police and fire crews responded to a home on 10th Avenue around 7:15 p.m. on a report of a gunshot wound.

Officers found the 5-year-old with a gunshot wound to the leg, according to police.

EMS transported him to Atrium Medical Center and is now recovering.

“This incident we’re very fortunate somebody wasn’t killed by this,” explained Middletown Police Chief David Birk. “It was careless.”

Investigators say the child was playing with a gun he’d found in his father’s bedroom. They believe the shooting was an accident.

The boy’s father, Fernando Enamorado, 31, is charged with endangering children.

Enamorado is the one who called 911. He is heard on the audio recording saying the gun was put in his dresser drawer.

Fernando Enamorado
Fernando Enamorado(Middletown Police Department)

Chief Birk says the accidental shooting should serve as a reminder to other parents.

”That’s why it’s so important if you do own a firearm to keep that firearm locked away,” said Chief Birk. “Make sure you have gun locks on them and make sure it’s out of reach of children. You have responsibility if you’re a gun owner just to make sure it’s safe especially if you have kids in the house.”

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