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Boy, 4, killed in Merrillville gun accident

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Updated: June 23, 2014 12:52PM



A 4-year-old Merrillville boy is dead after his parents’ handgun went off, according to Merrillville police.

Officers arrived at the home in the 6400 block of Cleveland Street on Saturday morning and found the boy unresponsive with a gunshot to the head, police said.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office was called to Methodist Hospitals Southlake campus in Merrillville where they pronounced Cash Irby Jr., 4, dead from a gunshot wound to the head at 8:47 a.m., according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office. The cause of death was ruled accidental.

Merrillville police said the boy took the gun from his parents’ bedroom and went back to his room with the gun, where it discharged.

Both parents and two siblings, ages 4 and 1, were home at the time, police said.

Merrillville Cmdr. Jeff Rice is investigating.



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