MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (TCD) —
Two parents were arrested Tuesday after their young son reportedly shot himself with a gun he found in a vehicle while parked outside a marijuana dispensary.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said Manitou Springs Police officers responded to a report of a shot fired on the 400 block of Manitou Avenue on Tuesday, July 6, just after noon.
Responding officers found a boy with a gunshot wound to the head. The 4-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
El Paso County Sheriff’s investigators said the boy was sitting in the car with his mother, 25-year-old Ashlynne Perez, and the boy’s younger sibling.
The boy’s father, 26-year-old Carlos Perez, reportedly left the car to make purchases at a store at the location. While he was gone, the boy reportedly found a gun in the car.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the boy died from “what apparently was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.” The type of gun was not disclosed.
Ashlynne Perez and Carlos Perez were taken into custody and charged with criminally negligent