Warren was tragically pronounced dead on arrival at Johnson Medical Center Clayton.
North Carolina – A two-year-old accidentally shot and killed himself after finding his dad’s loaded gun in a pick-up truck.
Warren Bennett Oser, from North Carolina, US, was found by police with a gunshot wound to his head after responding to a shooting on October 15 at around 6pm.
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The incident happened when the toddler climbed into his dad’s vehicle through an open door at their home in Benson and discovered a loaded Smith & Wesson 40-caliber handgun.
According to prosecutors the weapon was left on the front seat when the two-year-old started to play with the gun.
The toddler, whose parents were at home at the time of the shooting, then accidentally shot himself in the head and he was quickly rushed to Johnson Medical Center Clayton.
Warren was tragically pronounced dead on arrival.
Dad Tyler Oser will be charged with failure to properly and safely secure his firearms to protect minors, the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office confirmed on Monday.
District Attorney Susan Doyle said in a statement: “My heart goes out to the parents as they grieve the loss of their son.
“This is not about the rightful ownership of guns. This is about the responsibility of gun owners to protect minors by ensuing weapons are kept safely away from children.”
Family members and friends have set up a GoFundMe account to support parents Emily and Tyler to help raise money for their son’s funeral.
One family member told WRAL News: “We’re having to raise money for a funeral we never expected, for a two-year-old.”
The page so far has raised an astonishing $22,000 (£20,000) for the grief-stricken parents.
In an emotional tribute family members paid tribute to toddler Warren, also known as Bennett, for always wanting to help his dad out.
He was described as a “free spirit with a wild soul who always kept us on our toes”.
One tribute said: “Bennett was a happy child who loved everyone in his life deeply.
“Every single day, he would go down his list of favourite people to try and visit. Though his life was brief, his spirit and memory lives on in his family and friends.”
In a post to the GoFoundMe page, Joy Kennedy Johnson said the family were overwhelmed with the amount of support they’ve received.
“Emily & Tyler are so very Grateful for the amazing support! Truly shows that God will continue to bless them. They are back working and still dealing day to day with their loss and will forever.
“Please continue to always remember them in your prayers daily as well as everyone that loved B! Support them daily and know no matter what Gods Love will Triumph all!”