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4-year-old son of Michigan sheriff's deputy accidentally shoots and kills himself

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The four-year-old boy of a sheriff’s deputy in northern Michigan accidentally shot and killed himself with a handgun at the family’s home over the weekend, state police said Monday.

Authorities believe Michael Easter was playing with the firearm when he shot himself one time on Saturday in Liberty Township, said First Lt. Michael Krumm of the state police. Police have sent evidence to a forensic lab for analysis but don’t think there was any criminal intent at play.

“At this point there is nothing that’s leading us to believe that this is anything more than a tragic accident,” Krumm said.

The handgun was believed to be registered to the boy’s father, Mark Easter, Krumm said, adding that he had yet to receive confirmation. But it was not Easter’s service weapon, he said.

Easter was on his way to work when his wife called and told him what happened, Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand told mlive.com. The boy was pronounced dead at a local medical center.

“This just serves as a reminder that we need to be vigilant when it comes to keeping our children safe,” Rand said.

Cammy Rose, the cousin of Easter’s wife, told NBC affiliate wilx.com: “Mark's a good guy. I know this wasn't intentional."

"My heart is broken for my cousin," she said. "He was definitely taken from this world too early."

A week ago, a 4-year-old Houston boy fatally shot himself with his father's stolen handgun while his dad slept. 

by on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM
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katy_kay08
by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 8:02 AM
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it couldn't have been prevented?  

Quoting ochoa.mama:

How sad and couldn't been prevented


angelachristine
by Bronze Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM

sure it couldn't have been prevented I mean everyone leaves loaded guns around so their small children can play with them right? 


Quoting katy_kay08:

it couldn't have been prevented?  

Quoting ochoa.mama:

How sad and couldn't been prevented




It's Cassandra Cat! 

colins_mom
by Silver Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM
im all for responsible people having guns. this guy was not being responsible. have 50 guns if you want but keep them locked up for the love of god!
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Lottie925
by Bronze Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM

How horrible!  I can't believe that a police officer would not have his gun properly put away safely. My friend is a hunter and he has his guns locked up EMPTY in one safe, and the bullets locked up in another safe. We don't have guns and nobody we know has them except our 1 friend who hunts.

I feel so bad for the parents. I don't know how I would go on.

JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM
You know this baby shot himself in the face right?

Poor little guy.

Rest in Peace.
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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Heartbreaking.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Please tell me this is a typo mama. 


Quoting ochoa.mama:

How sad and couldn't been prevented


 

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

 :(

LuvmyAiden
by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

There are NO accidents, only negligence. While I know this family is devastated the owner needs to be charged and needs to pay for thier criminal negligence. A child is dead because of an idiot and that is not something to be ignored.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Because the Sheriff was trained in guns. His son was most likely raised around guns. His son knows more saftey than probably you or me. His son would never have an accident or mistake in judgement.

Believe it or not these are words another mom here on cafe mom said to me just last month during the last round of gun debates when I asked her why should would place her guns in a cabinate instead of a safe of some sort.


Quoting mehamil1:

WHY THE FUCK WAS THE GUN WHERE THE KID COULD GET IT?!?!?!!?!?! 

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