Police: 2-year-old’s condition improving after accidental shooting

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UPDATE: Clive police responded to a shooting at a hotel Sunday morning in which a father left a loaded gun in the room with a young child. 

Police and fire personnel responded to the Sterling Inn around 9:30 a.m. Sunday at 11428 Forrest Ave, room 124, for a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, emergency personnel found a 2-year-old male child with a gunshot wound to the chest and neck. The child was attended to by Clive Fire EMS and transported to Blank Children’s Hospital for a serious injury. The child’s condition is not known at this time.

The parents of the injured child are identified as 29-year-old Jonathan Mitchell Hauser and 28-year-old Kylie Michelle Harvey of Council Bluffs.

The child’s condition is improving and is expected to be released from Blank Children’s Hospital in the “very near future”, according to the Clive Police Department.

Detectives are continuing to gather information and are working with the Iowa Department of Human Services on the case.

Once the investigation is completed, the Polk County Attorney’s office will make a decision regarding criminal charges. Hauser’s permit to carry a weapon was issued out of Pottawattamie County.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the child and his family were staying at the Sterling Inn. The child’s father left a loaded, unsecured .45 caliber handgun in a piece of luggage. The child picked up the weapon out of the luggage and pulled the trigger. The bullet entered in the child’s upper chest, passed through his neck and is believed to have lodged in a wall.
 


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Police and fire personnel responded to the Sterling Inn around 9:30 a.m. Sunday at 11428 Forrest Ave, Clive, Iowa for a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, emergency personnel found a 2-year-old male child with a gunshot wound to the chest and neck. The child was attended to by Clive Fire EMS and transported to Blank Children’s Hospital for a serious injury. The child’s condition is not known at this time.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the child and his family were staying at the Sterling Inn. The child’s father left a loaded, unsecured .45 caliber handgun in a piece of luggage. The child picked up the weapon out of the luggage and pulled the trigger. The bullet entered in the child’s upper chest, passed through his neck and is believed to have lodged in a wall.

The name of the child and his family are not being released, pending notification of relatives. Clive detectives are currently performing follow up investigation. Any possible charging decisions will be made in consultation with the Polk County attorney’s office.

The child’s father had a valid Iowa permit to carry a handgun.

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