Last week, a pregnant mother and her unborn child both passed away in the state of Ohio in the United States. According to the authorities, the woman’s two-year-old son shot her in the back with a firearm that had been left loaded inside the house.
The local media were informed on Tuesday by Police Chief David Smith that on the afternoon of June 16, a woman named Laura Ilg, age 31, had dialed 911.
“She explained she was 33 weeks pregnant and her two-year-old had accidentally just shot her in the back with a firearm,” Smith said to a local station of ABC News in Cleveland. News 5 Cleveland is located in the city of Cleveland.
On Friday, the police responded immediately at the residence in Norwalk, Ohio, and Ilg was sent to the hospital. However, according to Smith, the unborn baby could not be rescued after an emergency c-section was performed.
Several hours later, Ilg succumbed to the trauma she had sustained, he added.
On the early morning of Saturday, the Norwalk Police Department posted a message on its Facebook page in which it expressed its “sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and all those affected by the tragic passing of the young mother and her unborn son.”
According to Smith, Ilg was aware when the police came, and she informed them that her kid had somehow snuck into the normally closed bedroom while she was doing the washing, and that he then started playing with the revolver.
He stated that law enforcement officers discovered a Sig Sauer Micro 9mm pistol on a nightstand in addition to two other loaded guns. According to the accounts in the media, Ilg’s husband, who was not at home when the incident occurred, claimed that they belonged to him.
The unintentional shooting is the most recent in a long series of occurrences of this kind that have occurred in the United States, a country that has over 330 million people and approximately 400 million weapons.
In March, a girl who was three years old inadvertently murdered her sister who was four years old with a revolver near Houston, Texas, despite the fact that there were five adults including their parents in their home at the time.
According to the Pew Research Center, over forty percent of homes in the United States own firearms, and the vast majority of these homes also have children living in them.
According to research conducted by the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, however, less than half of families who own firearms keep them in a secure location.
Smith, the chief of police, stated that there were some safety measures in place at Ilg’s house, but he advised gun owners to take care still.
“There are a million different sorts of trigger locks and gun safes, and they are not that expensive. “At the bare minimum, leave them (the guns) unloaded,” he said to News 5.