Official: Eastern Oregon toddler inflicted fatal wound from unsecured gun

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BAKER CITY, Ore. -- The Baker County Major Crime Team is continuing the investigation into the death of 2-year-old Liam Mankins, who sustained a fatal gunshot wound on Nov. 4 at his home at 1905 Birch St. in Baker City.

The child was taken to the hospital and immediately transferred to a trauma center in Boise, Idaho via LifeFlight helicopter.

According to officials, he died of his injuries at the hospital.

The Baker County Major Crimes Team is investigating the shooting.

Baker County District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff released this statement:

The Baker County Major Crime Team is continuing the investigation into the death of 2-year-old Liam Mankins. Liam sustained a fatal gunshot wound on Nov. 4 at his home at 1905 Birch St. Baker City. The initial investigation indicates that Liam suffered a gunshot wound to the head. It does not appear that the wound was intentionally inflicted by another person.The preliminary investigation indicates that Liam got control of a loaded handgun and caused the handgun to discharge. The gun had not been secured in a safe place. The investigation is ongoing and the case will proceed to a grand jury review once all aspects of the investigation have been completed.
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