Toddler shoots self with father's gun


Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 at 1:00 a.m.
MIAMI - A toddler left alone in a car shot himself in the head with his father's gun.
Travis Jenkins Jr., 3, was in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital early Tuesday with a bullet wound that entered his forehead and exited through the top of his skull, according to family members.
"Right now, this appears to be accidental," said Miami police spokeswoman Detective Herminia Salas-Jacobson. "But there are a lot of big questions. Such as why this child was left alone in the car, and why did he have access to a weapon?"
Travis Jenkins Sr., 26, was questioned by police while his son underwent surgery.
The boy was picked up at his mother's house Monday evening, family members said.
On his way home the father stopped for a brief visit with a family friend.
He "wasn't even inside the home. He was standing at the front door," said Kam Murphy, a cousin of the boy's mother who spoke with both parents at the hospital.
"He had the driver's-side door open," she said. "He turned his head for a second, and that's when Travis shot himself."
Salas-Jacobson said the boy was not in a child restraint and the gun was in the center console of the car.

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