The 4-year-old boy climbed on a chair to get the gun — a .38-caliber revolver, according to court documents. When he pulled the “button” on the gun, “fire came out.”
The fire went into his little sister, he told investigators, and she began to cry.
Jackson County prosecutors have charged Jessie Ross III, 26, of Kansas City, in connection with the accidental shooting of the 3-year-old girl last week. Police said the girl underwent surgery but has since been released from the hospital.
Ross allegedly owned the revolver that several children found in a house in the 3800 block of Chestnut Avenue before the little girl was wounded in the abdomen Jan. 7. He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of a firearm.
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The little boy told investigators that he had seen Ross put the gun behind a mirror above a fireplace mantel.
The mother of the children told detectives that she had put the children down for a nap and that she then went to sleep before being awakened by the gunshot.
She said she had previously argued with Ross about his bringing the gun into the house. She said Ross told her that he was just holding it for a friend and that he would be returning it shortly. She thought Ross had returned it and that it was no longer in the house, according to the documents.
Ross was arrested Wednesday. When questioned by detectives, he denied any knowledge of the gun, according to court documents.
According to Jackson County court records, Ross has convictions for robbery, burglary and parental kidnapping. As a convicted felon, he cannot legally possess a firearm.
Bond was set at $150,000.