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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A 3-year-old boy died Friday morning after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun, according to the Anchorage Police Department.

The boy's father, 28-year-old Timothy Joseph, called 911 at about 9:15 a.m. to report that his son Samuel Joseph had picked up a gun that was sitting on a TV stand and shot himself with it, police spokesperson Anita Shell said.

The mother, Karee Anne Joseph, 44, was not at home at the time, police said.

Police interviewed the parents, Shell said, and detectives and crime scene investigators responded to the home on Loretta Lane off of Lake Otis Parkway, she said.

"This morning, our officers were dispatched to 4800 block of Loretta Lane for a call of a child that was shot," said APD homicide investigator Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz. "There was a 3-year-old boy -- 3-and-a-half-year-old Samuel Joseph, who was dead at the scene."

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:40 AM on May. 20, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Neighbors say Samuel Joseph was an active, sweet little boy who was loved by both the neighborhood and his parents. They say Joseph loved to play outside with other kids.
    "He's like his mom, has a little tow head, a lot of blond hair, and they're a good family," said neighbor Shelley Turner. "We've never had any problems with them -- they just enjoy life."
    Neighbors say the family often played outside, with Samuel and his dad frequently seen on the slide or playing basketball.
    "The neighbor over there with the little boy, Samuel, he's very, very nice," Turner said. "They're a quiet family, they're outgoing, and it's just a tragedy."
    As police investigate how Samuel shot himself, his parents are being questioned about the death of their son: how could it happen, and why?
    "It's probably the most traumatic -- definitely the most traumatic event of their lives," Markiewicz said.
    "He was energetic, he'll play with the kids and
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:42 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • Why the hell was that loaded handgun in the reach of a 3 yr old?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:42 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • Same thing I said like WTF where you thinking dad or were you to drunk or high to know what is going on?? and 3 year olds know how to use chairs and stools what a dumbass!!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:46 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • What a tragedy, and 100% completely preventable. No guns in my house.
    LittleWeloosMom

    Answer by LittleWeloosMom at 2:56 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • You're right. This is a very sad story. My heart goes out to the family. I couldn't imagine what they're going through. Truly heartbreaking.


    I also find the way that people cast judgement so harshly and play the blame game just as heartbreaking. People do have to realize that the parents are the ones who are hurting the most, and no matter what is said, nothing could hurt near as much as what they're already going through. I'm refering to the comments on http://www.adn.com/ when the story came out.


    I pray that none of us lose our children to preventable accidents. Toddler's are fast, you can't look away for a minute!

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:12 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • That poor innocent baby
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:12 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • How dare you people Talk about the father being too drunk or high. WTF He is human!!! Yes it's tragic that a little boy lost his life due to one careless mistake by the father. But ask yourself this....Have you ever made a mistake? Like the lady before me said nothing can be more hurtful then loosing a child!!!!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:24 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • Yes, anon that's true. There is nothing more painful than losing a child, BUT only an idiot leaves a loaded gun in reach of a CHILD!

    Sure he's sad..............he should BE! It's his fault! I have no sympathy.
    BridgetC140

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 3:33 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • by: BridgetC140
    Yes, anon that's true. There is nothing more painful than losing a child, BUT only an idiot leaves a loaded gun in reach of a CHILD!

    Sure he's sad..............he should BE! It's his fault! I have no sympathy.
    ___________________________________________________________________________
    Okay. Just stay perfect because it is fair to judge you by your own standards.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:40 AM on May. 20, 2010

  • Regardless of who is at fault, this hole will be forever in those parents hearts, it is more than punishment to have to live without your child and with all the what if's that will accompany it. Very sad story that plays out more than it should.
    older

    Answer by older at 7:17 AM on May. 20, 2010

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