As the family was packing to move from their home in Tarpon Springs, Florida on Wednesday, Kevin Ahles, 23, placed his 2 1/2-year-old son Kaleb in the family car alone, the same car where he had placed his .380 caliber handgun in the glove box. The boy found the gun and turned it toward himself before pulling the trigger. The gun discharged striking the boy in the center of his chest killing him.
“It’s just one of those things that happens where everything lines up the wrong way,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. “You had a 2 1/2-year-old who was able to take a gun, pick it up, turn it around and he shot himself dead center in the middle of the chest.”
Gualtieri went on to say that no one appears to have done anything wrong and that there seems to have been no negligence involved. He said that he does not believe that any charges to be filed in the boy’s death although the investigation is continuing.
Kevin Ahles told police that he had placed the child in the car as he along with the boy’s mother and other relatives packed for the move to their new home and that he heard the gun discharge just after he turned away from the car.
Kaleb’s mother, Christina Nigro, 23, and an aunt performed CPR on him while Kevin called 911. The boy was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:00 p.m.
At a news conference Gualtieri said that all witnesses told the same story and that physical evidence supported that story. He said that the shell casing jammed in the slide a sign that the person who pulled the trigger was weak and “barely got the trigger pulled.”
“We’re trying to get information from people who traumatized, and it’s tough to get some of this information,” the sheriff said. “But again all the evidence points to the fact that it was in the glove box, that it wasn’t anywhere else. That it wasn’t carelessness.”
“I don’t think anyone could punish these parents any more than what they’ve been punished,” Gualtieri told reporters.
Watch the Sheriff’s press conference in the video below from WFTS.
h/t: WFTS Tampa Bay