Man, 18, charged after 2-year-old shot in head with stolen gun, Jones County authorities say

A Jones County man is facing charges after a 2-year-old was wounded in the head while playing with a pistol with another child.

The children’s uncle, 18-year-old Darius Johnson, who also lived at the residence where the incident occurred, has been charged with reckless conduct and theft by taking because the pistol was stolen in a burglary about two months ago, Jones County sheriff’s Capt. Jimmy Black said.

“My heart aches this morning,” Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece posted on Facebook. “We are currently investigating a tragic accident where a pistol was left in an area at a residence that was accessible to children.

“The pistol was found by the 5-year-old and the 2-year-old, who began playing with it. The weapon discharged while the children were playing with it, striking the 2-year-old in the head,” Reece said.

The children, siblings, were playing in the living room where they found the gun Wednesday afternoon, said Black. The shooting happened between 3 and 4 p.m.

Reece urged gun owners to be responsible with weapons in the home.

“This was a tragic accident that should have never happened,” he said.