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Shooting death of northwest Missouri infant by his 5-year-old brother will be reviewed

The shooting death of a 9-month-old boy by his 5-year-old brother in Nodaway County will be reviewed.
The shooting death of a 9-month-old boy by his 5-year-old brother in Nodaway County will be reviewed. KRT

Nodaway County authorities are scheduled to review the Monday shooting death of a 9-month-old boy by his 5-year-old brother.

The review board will convene Wednesday, said Sheriff Darren White.

White had said Monday that there was nothing to suggest that the shooting was anything but an accident.

“That is still true,” White said Tuesday.

Missouri law requires that such a review board be impaneled upon the death of a child, White said, adding: “The cause or circumstances don’t matter. It is required.”

Representatives of the county prosecutor’s office, local law enforcement agencies, the county health department, the coroner’s office and the Missouri Children’s Division are expected to attend.

Doctors at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City pronounced the child dead just before noon Monday.

Nodaway County emergency personnel responded to an 8:58 a.m. call from the boy’s mother in Elmo, Mo., near the Iowa state line in northwest Missouri. The 5-year-old had found a loaded .22-caliber handgun and apparently had been handling it when it fired, White said. A bullet struck the 9-month-old, who was in a playpen, he said. Emergency medical personnel flew the child to Children’s Mercy.

The child’s name has not been released, White said.

To reach Brian Burnes, call 816-234-4120 or send email to bburnes@kcstar.com.

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