In Cortez, Colorado, police are not going to charge the parents of a 12-year-old Colorado boy who shot himself after playing with a loaded pistol left by his parents behind a Christmas tree. Montezuma County Sheriff Gerald Wallace insists that he does not see any basis for a charge in the case.
The boy shot himself in the calf while playing with the gun. The parents had left for work when he shot himself. Wallace insists that the parents had left the .22 pistol a reasonable distance from the child . . . behind a Christmas tree. God knows that the last place parents would expect a child to explore would be behind a Christmas tree.
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