Northwest Missouri boy fatally shoots 9-month-old brother

A 9-month-old northwest Missouri boy died Monday after being shot in the head by his 5-year-old brother.

Doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City pronounced the boy dead just before noon, said Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White.

Emergency personnel received a 911 call at 8:58 a.m. from the boys’ mother in Elmo, Mo. The 5-year-old had found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in the house and apparently was handling it when it fired, White said.

A bullet struck the 9-month-old, who was in a playpen, White said. The child was flown to Children’s Mercy.

Investigators believe the shooting to be an accident, White said. “We don’t have any reason to believe otherwise,” he said.

Brian Burnes, bburnes@kcstar.com