Two parents charged in shooting death of child

October 2, 2009 11:45:55 AM PDT
Sanford police said Friday they've charged two parents in the shooting death of a 2-year-old.Police told Eyewitness News the shooting happened around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Officers were dispatched to a duplex on Cannon Circle and discovered the child had been shot in the head in a back bedroom.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say it appears children got hold of an unsecured .40 caliber pistol and it went off - killing the child.

It wasn't clear Wednesday if the child shot himself or if another child pulled the trigger. Two other children, the boy's 3-year-old sister and 4-year-old brother were also in the room at the time. Police say the other two children were not hurt.

Friday, police said Melanie Yvonne Tyson, 21 and Joey Durrell Tyson, 22, were both charged with not storing a firearm properly to protect minors.

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