SWANSEA, Ill. – A three-year-old Swansea boy was transported to a St. Louis hospital early Monday morning after being shot in the head.
The shooting happened just before 6:35 a.m. at an apartment in the 1400 block of N. 17th Street.
911 dispatchers received a call that sounded like a disturbance but was actually the child’s mother bringing her son to a local hospital. The toddler was stabilized at that hospital before being moved to a medical facility in St. Louis. He’s listed in critical but stable condition.
Police suspect the child may have gained access to a gun in the apartment. The family had just moved to the residence about a week ago.
Swansea Police Chief Steven Johnson said the mother is devastated over the shooting and is cooperating with authorities.
Chief Johnson would not speculate about the possibility of charges being filed in this case. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Child Death Investigation Task Force (CDITF) are investigating the matter.