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    IL - Toddler shoots toddler at Chicago day care

    Parents in the neighborhood say it was an affordable day care where children were well-cared-for and even potty-trained.

    But early Monday morning, shocking news filtered down the Southwest Side blocks -- a 2-year-old boy inside the home in the 2200 block of South Drake had accidentally shot a 3-year-old boy in the hip and thigh.

    The 3-year-old was stable at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, and his injuries were not life-threatening, a Chicago Police spokesman said.

    The news was especially hard on Alma Villegas, whose two young children are at the house every day while Villegas attends school. Villegas, who is earning her GED, was off Monday because of the holiday, and her children stayed home.

    "Imagine if my kids were there,'' she said as her 2-year-old son Leo played in her front yard. "It could have been him.''

    The shooting happened about 8:30 a.m. A man, described by neighbors as the adult son of the woman who runs the day care, was taken into custody and charged because he owned the gun, authorities said.

    Juan Ramirez, 21, was charged with two felonies, including unlawful use of a weapon by a convicted felon and defacing a firearm. The first charge stemmed from Ramirez's criminal history that prohibits him from owning a gun; the second charge was filed because the gun's serial numbers had been scratched off.

    Ramirez also was charged with violating the firearm child protection law, a misdemeanor. The law prohibits keeping a weapon in a home where children 14 and younger reside.

    Detectives say the children found the gun lying on a bed in Ramirez's room. Officials did not say how they knew the 2-year-old pulled the trigger.

    One expert says little boys in particular are curious about guns and will find them if they know one is around.


    http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/...kidshot11.html

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    Omg.

    We really need to fix this world we live in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pook
    Omg.

    We really need to fix this world we live in.
    Yea, this is too much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pook
    Omg.

    We really need to fix this world we live in.
    Well rather than trying to fix the whole world, I propose that we give adults, particularly those in charge of children, a healthy dose of common sense and responsible behavior.

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    There is no excuse for this !!

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    Angry

    There is no excuse for this! Why didn't this woman know her son had a gun in the house? Why did he leave it where toddlers could get it? Why do they make guns so easy to shoot with "low pull-access"????? What a truly scary world we live in!
    This is the year to locate Mark Dribin http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ht=Mark+Dribin NamUs MP#876 and Ilene Misheloff http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lene+Misheloff NamUs MP#6410 and bring them home to their families!

    Parents watch your children. Free-range parenting leads to more child victims.

    Cruelty to humans begins with cruelty to animals.

    I believe in closure, not forgiveness. I'm also unapologetically judgemental.

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