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No charges in shooting death of 9-month-old Missouri baby

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ELMO, Mo. (AP) _ No charges will be filed after a 5-year-old northwest Missouri boy playing with a handgun accidentally shot and killed his 9-month-old brother.

The St. Joseph News-Press (http://bit.ly/1BFiuID ) reports that Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice said Friday that the mother and grandfather of Corbin Wiederholt weren’t criminally negligent. He called Corbin’s Jan. 19 death “tragic” and “accidental.”

The shooting happened as the boy and his siblings were visiting the grandfather’s home in the town of Elmo, which is located 120 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. Rice said the mother knew her father had multiple guns. But Rice said Corbin’s mother and grandfather believed the firearms were locked up in a gun safe and weren’t loaded.

Rice said the 5-year-old found a .22-caliber handgun in the headboard of the grandfather’s bed.