Saturday, October 25, 2014

Nine-month-old baby shot by dad has died (Howard County, Indiana)

Who the hell cleans a handgun with a 9-month-old infant by your side? Unbelievable stupidity. If that is in fact what happened.

Dad is identified as JOHN W. HAMBAUGH III.

Baby shot by father Wednesday has died

Posted: Friday, October 24, 2014 2:00 pm

By Mike Fletcher
Kokomo Tribune

The baby who was shot by his father Wednesday has died.

Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers said the 9-month-old passed away Thursday at Riley Children’s Hospital, Indianapolis.

“We were notified by the Marion County Coroner’s office Thursday that the child has passed,” Rogers said Friday.

Deputies responded just before 5 p.m. to the home of 31-year-old John W. Hambaugh III, at 406 Fawn Drive, after receiving multiple 911 calls advising two people had been shot. Upon arrival, deputies found Hambaugh and his 9-month-old son being treated for gunshot wounds. After the shooting, the child’s mother, Leah Martin, moved the child to the front yard, where she and neighbors rendered aid until medics and deputies arrived, Rogers said.

Police reported Hambaugh was seated in the kitchen area of Timbernest Townhomes apartment, where he was preparing to clean his handgun. When Hambaugh attempted to disassemble the gun, a round inadvertently left in the handgun discharged. The bullet entered the inside of Hambaugh's left thigh and went through to strike the child in the head. Evidence at the scene, which is consistent with witness reports, suggests the child was standing to the side of Hambaugh at the time of the shooting.

“The shooting was described as an accident, but we’re treating it as a death investigation,” Rogers said.