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9-month-old boy fatally shot by 5-year-old brother

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A 9-month-old northwest Missouri boy is dead after being accidentally shot in the head by his 5-year-old brother. A 9-month-old northwest Missouri boy is dead after being accidentally shot in the head by his 5-year-old brother.
Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White says the baby was pronounced dead at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City just before noon on Monday. (Bill Lindsay/KCTV5 News) Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White says the baby was pronounced dead at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City just before noon on Monday. (Bill Lindsay/KCTV5 News)
NODAWAY COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

A northwest Missouri infant has died after he was shot in the head by his 5-year-old brother.

The Nodaway County Sheriff's Office was called about 9 a.m. to a home in the 100 block of South Scott Street in Elmo, MO.

Sheriff Darren White said the infant's mother was pretty frantic when she called 911.

"She said that she needed an ambulance at her home, that her 5-year-old son had shot her 9-month-old son in the head with a paintball gun," White said.

Emergency crews scrambled to the home. However, when they arrived on the scene, it was determined that the child had been shot in the head with a .22 caliber magnum revolver.

The child was flown from the scene to Children's Mercy Hospital, where he later died.

White said the younger child was in a playpen, and the older one found a loaded handgun lying around the bed.

For neighbors, especially those with small children, this is a wakeup call.

"You know, just some gun safety could have cone into play and would have maybe, you know, prevented the situation, but it's just really sad altogether," neighbor Jessica Hutchison said.

Deputies say no foul play is suspected and that the shooting was accidental.

The sheriff's office says the gun actually belonged to another family member, not the mother. They're investigating that aspect of the case now. 

In the meantime, the other three children are in the custody of relatives.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help the family. So far, it has raised more than $17,000. Click here to donate.

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