Man charged after 4-year-old boy shot in Ottawa - KCTV5

Man jailed after 4-year-old boy shot in Ottawa

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OTTAWA, KS (KCTV) -

A 4-year-old child is in Kansas City's Children Mercy Hospital after he was shot in the leg while in a home in Ottawa, KS. Police have a 39-year-old man in custody in connection with the shooting.

Police said the boy was shot while in a home in the 1100 block of North Oak Street. KCTV5's Stephen Mayer spoke with someone leaving the home – the man didn't want to go on camera, but said he's just thankful the 4-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

Police got the call about 12:30 p.m. Friday. When they got to the home, they found the boy who'd been shot in the upper leg. He was treated and eventually taken to a hospital in Kansas City, where he's expected to recover.

"All summer long they'd been out there riding bikes and everything on the street," said Dorthy Fredricks who lives next door.

Fredricks said she's never seen so many police cars in her neighborhood and she's glad to hear the boy will be OK.

"There's a strong possibility he thought the gun was unloaded when it wasn't and the firearm discharged and hit the boy," said Chief Dennis Butler with the Ottawa Police Department.

Butler believes the mother's boyfriend was showing a handgun to a friend when it went off. He was taken into custody as police weigh their options.

Butler said there were other kids in the home at the time and things could have been much worse.

"A real disaster was averted here," he said. "Anytime you are handling a firearm you need to be properly trained, familiar with the weapon, make sure you don't have innocent bystanders who could be injured if the gun discharges."

Police and the District Attorney's office are still working to determine if they'll press charges. They said they hope to come to a decision made by early next week.

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