COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The stepfather of a young boy was arrested after a witness reported that they saw a young boy with blood on his face crying through the window of an apartment in Colorado Springs, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Christopher Little, 22, was arrested for both felony child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse.
Officers responded to a complex in 3900 block of Harmony Drive around 10 a.m. on March 12.
Witnesses reported seeing a young child crying with blood on his face through an apartment window.
Responding officers arrived and entered the apartment where they located a 4-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head. Officers and other first responders determined the boy suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted superficial gunshot wound.
He was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
While on scene, a 3-year-old girl, later identified as the boy’s sister, was also found behind a locked door inside the apartment.
No one other than the two children was at the apartment, according to CSPD. The young girl was also transported to the hospital out of an abundance of caution.
Upon the initial investigation, detectives found multiple unsecured firearms throughout the apartment and a bullet hole in the wall where the boy was seen through the window.
Detectives also learned that the children’s mother was at a local hospital for an unrelated procedure when the children’s stepfather left them unattended in the apartment while he drove to the hospital.
If you suspect child abuse contact the Colorado Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline – 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437). The number serves as a direct, immediate and efficient route to all Colorado’s 64 counties and two tribal nations, which are responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect concerns.
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