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State police said mother was in another room when toddler fatally shot himself in Fairmount home

It happened just after noon Tuesday.
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FAIRMOUNT, Ind. — A two-year-old boy is dead after authorities say he shot himself with a gun he found in his Fairmount home.

The Grant County coroner's office said in a release that police were called to the 100 block of N. Main Street around noon Tuesday on a report of gunshots fired. 

First responders found an unresponsive child. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

The coroner said "it is reported that the toddler located a handgun in the home and it discharged, striking him."

An autopsy is scheduled.

Indiana State Police is investigating the shooting. A release Wednesday said Caci Seals, 22, was in another room feeding her infant, when 2-year-old Leighton Owings found a loaded Ruger nine-millimeter handgun. 

Evidence seems to point to the boy pulling the trigger and being hit by one bullet.

When ISP is done investigating, the report will be given to the Grant County Prosecutor's Office to consider if there will be any charges.

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