A 4-year-old boy died Monday afternoon after accidentally shooting himself with a loaded gun that he found left out at his in-home daycare in Orange County, Virginia.
Kyrin Falcetti said she dropped her son Cole off at the daycare center when about an hour later, she got a call saying something had happened.
She went back to the daycare and she learned that Cole had shot himself. Unfortunately, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene around noon.
“I don’t want to be burying my son,” Mrs Falcetti told NBC 4 Washington. “He didn’t do anything wrong.”
According to reports, a sheriff’s deputy-in-training lived at the home, but he was not there when the shooting happened. It was later learned that the gun was not the training deputy’s service gun.
The only in charge for babysitting at the center at the time was the training deputy’s fiancée.
So far, no charges have been filed. There’s a law in Virginia to never leave a loaded and unsecured gun in a place where children can get to it.
“If you have a weapon, gun safety,” the boy’s father, Josh Falcetti, said. ‘”t’s something that they teach for any person that gets a weapon. Keep it secure. There’s no reason a child should be within reach of any type of weapon whatsoever at any point in time.”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has declined to release further information until their investigation is complete.
Mrs Falcetti started a GoFundMe after her son’s death to raise money for his funeral.
On the page, she wrote that Cole was ‘the most lovable boy in this entire world’.
“All he wanted to do was give anyone he saw a hug and tell them all about his favorite movies and toys.”
“He loved to play with his sister Caydance and was already very protective of his baby sister Adaline. Anytime someone came around he would go over to Adaline, give her a hug and say, “This is my Adaline. My sister”.
“He had the brightest smile and could light up any dark room. He loved his purple monkey. He would hold it’s tail and put his thumb in his mouth while holding onto it’s tail. He loved going for walks and playing outside. He loved to cuddle up with us and watch movies with popcorn.”
“He would say 1000000000000000000000000 times a day “Daddy or Mommy, I love you” Just because. It would be random. There is so much I could say about this little boy, this bio would be never ending,” she wrote.
Source: NBC 4 Washington