Log Out | Member Center

77°F

83°/56°

Boy in protective custody after BB gun mishap

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at 12:16 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at 12:39 p.m.

After a 12-year-old boy playing with a BB gun accidentally shot himself in the head, his father tried to cut it out of his skull with a utility knife, and waited a day before taking him to a hospital, Wichita police said Friday.

Police took the boy into protective custody after the father finally took him to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, said Lt. Doug Nolte, a police spokesman.

The shooting happened Wednesday in the 1700 block of North Minnesota, northwest of 13th and Grove; the report wasn’t made to police until a day later, Nolte said.

The injury was not life threatening, Nolte said. The child will remain in protective custody pending the completion of the investigation.

No one has been arrested yet, Nolte said. But the father, 57, could be arrested later, he said.

Several adults live in the same home as the boy, including the father. Investigators want to know why the injury was not reported right away.

Subscribe to our newsletters

The Wichita Eagle welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views. Please see our commenting policy for more information.

Have a news tip? You can send it to wenews@wichitaeagle.com or consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Wichita Eagle.

Search for a job

in

Top jobs